2017

Time

Collaborator:
Huiyi Chen

Areas Of Study:
Data Visualization, Computational Media, Fabrication

Info

What's time? A project “Time” started from the question and evolved into the combination of a physical piece with 24 light sensors and digital visualization with JavaScript.

Time is an interactive installation that makes the viewer to learn and experience about how light has been the source of defining time, whilst presenting the irregular time zones' outline that has nothing to do with light but resulted from arbitrary human decisions.

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Details

The center is consisted of two parts:

  • inner cylinder that represents UTC Time Zone map, and

  • outer sphere that is rotatable and contains light source.

As the user rotates the outer sphere, it creates movement in light. While the light is moving, the inner cylinder that has 24 light sensors for each longitude reacts to the changing brightness.

When the light shifts from one time zone to another, the digital visualization reflects the movement as well by changing gallery of skylines. These skylines are from survey towards ITP community regarding which cities they came from, and organized according to the longitude location.

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Photos by Nicolas Peña-Escarpentier

Exhibition

The project was presented at ITP Winter Show 2017.

To improve efficiency and interactivity in a limited space, Huiyi and I went through some modifications in its structure. The physical piece was installed on a half-opaque round table top, and the digital visualization was projected from underneath the table.

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Process

Computational process:

Fabrication process:

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