This immersive installation was developed for Barcelona’s LLUM festival Feb 3-5, 2023. A series of dynamic visuals projected on the ground integrated with ambient audio, where visitors’ movements are tracked using a depth camera and processed in a computer to produce interactive visuals. The volume of the audio is responsive to the number of people interacting and changes based on the visuals. During LLUM, it was observed that people responded with different types of movements while interacting with the changing visuals.
The world is in an energy crisis, and our dependence on fossil energy prevails. Our activities are destabilizing global ecologies and destroying biodiversity at an alarming speed. Actions currently being taken are not enough to reverse the damage. The three elements of the earth’s biosphere (air, water, and earth) are in a current state of catastrophe due to the extraction of resources and pollution. In order to mediate our negative impacts, many actions must be taken. Therefore, this proposal aims to illuminate the global ecological crisis through the eyes of children and demonstrate that collective action is an exponential contribution, energy consumption can be offset, and zero waste can be generated. Designed as a series of scenarios, visitors are invited to enter each deteriorated scene and watch their movement affect the ground directly.
AIR, WATER, and EARTH
HOW MIGHT WE TIP THE BALANCE?
INVOLVING THE KIDS + RAISING AWARENESS
Children are our future, as well as the environment. Awareness among all is paramount for transforming our current systems and choices. This immersive installation aims to illuminate the global ecological crisis through the eyes of children and demonstrate that collective action is an exponential contribution, energy consumption can be offset, and zero waste can be generated. In this way, children can feel they have a connection and responsibility over the elements of nature and that they can have an effect on it.
One of the first things we noticed was that the site was primarily used by children and that there were many schools nearby. Upon our visit to the site, the relationship of children with the play area was very evident to us. The space is always active, with kids playing and drawing on the pavement. This is due to the Ludoteca and schools around the site.
Inspired by children’s drawings on the site, we asked children from the Ludoteca Maria Gracia Pont to draw what they would imagine a Barcelona full of animals and life would look like to them. We extracted these elements from the collected drawings and created a library of the elements. Scenes representing air, earth, and water were created to demonstrate human impacts.
THE INSTALLATION AIMS TO SHOW HOW COLLECTIVE ACTION CAN HELP REGENERATE THE ECOSYSTEMS