Interactive Ceiling Responds To People Walking Underneath

Interactive Ceiling Responds To People Walking Underneath
Design

The installation features built-in sensors that cause the undulating surface to morph and react to passersby

Leo Lutero
  • 31 august 2016

Artist and architect Behnaz Farahi has created an interactive ceiling and room called Aurora that can detect the presence of people and reconfigure its shape according to their body movements. By tracking people using a Kinect Camera, the room can control a series of fabric-covered nodes that twist and contract according to how the inhabitants are interacting with the space. Taking its title from Aurora, the Roman Goddess of Dawn who renews herself each morning, the installation is designed to evoke a feeling of illumination and rebirth. Floating discs are perched at regular intervals along the ceiling, which light up and come alive as spectators move deeper into the space.

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