Night Forest

Night Forest

Night Forest

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Night Forest is an interactive art installation piece I created with Tom Kuo and Helen Yung from Foundation Creative Studio.

We wish to take you on an imaginary night-walk… 

…as if walking through the country side…

…however, are those actual critters whispering in synchrony in light and sound, or just an unexpected installation made up of mechanical/robotic parts and sensors and LEDs?

It was created for The Whole Shebang (November 26-28, 2015 at 918 Bathurst), a multidisciplinary and integrated arts festival in Toronto by Dreamwalker Dance Company. The Whole Shebang 2015: Taken by Night invites audiences to experience the enchanted, mysterious hours of the night through light, sound, dance, theatre, media arts, shadow puppetry, storytelling and music. It brings together multi-generational, culturally and artistically diverse artists through live performances, collaborations and workshops.

Slip into night time, slow down and come on a journey.

Co-created by Andrea Nann and Helen Yung and featuring artists and contributors: Marie-Josée Chartier, Sarah Chase, Gabriel Cropley, Aria Evans, Lauren Gilles, John Gzowski, Kate Holden, Melissa Joachim, Tom Kuo, Andy Maize, Peter Mettler, Clea Minaker, AJ Morra, Andrea Nann, Jenn E. Norton, Oh Susanna, Michael Ondaatje, Elysha Poirier, Joshua Van Tassel, Veronica Tennant, Jamie Waese, Brendan Wyatt, Helen Yung.

Poster for the event.

Poster for the event.

Video coming soon!

Here are some pictures of the build:

Tree bases

Tree bases

Tree bases

Tree before attaching the servos and noise makers

Tree with servos attached

Tree with servos attached

Sonar sensor measures if people are close or far

Sonar sensor measures if people are close or far

Solenoid makes a sound just like a cricket

Solenoid makes a sound just like a cricket when you apply a sin wave to it

Hallway, no lighting...

Hallway, no lighting…

Some mood lighting, please!

Some mood lighting, please! In the dark you can see the pulsing fiber optic  points of light.

A finished tree: glowing, pulsing, crickets chirping, owls hooting, wind blowing, birds calling, etc.

A finished tree: fireflies pulsing, crickets chirping, owls hooting, wind blowing, birds calling, etc.

 

 

 

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