Nuit Blanche: Somnium
SOMNIUM is a dynamic reactive display whereby the light, movement and texture of a single fluid unit becomes tributary to the beauty of the whole. To an observer, the floor-to-ceiling spires initially appear still and dimly lit, as if asleep. But upon approach, the fabric is drawn upwards, and a softer inner light kindles into brightness. Together the spires awaken as if from a dream. Here the expressiveness of fabric is explored through the use of pleats, folds, and layers, while mechanical movement parallels the lighting effects therein. The result is a mesmerizing installation that is just as effective with a few users as it is with many, and the experience is never quiet the same each time.
Arduino Uno is the hear of SOMNIUS. Loops are set up to enable the reactivity of each module once triggered by proximity.
A passive infrared sensor (PIR) is used to detect motion for SOMIUS. Upon activation, it sends signal to both the servo and the LED strip on each module.
The string that draws fabric of the modules up and down is connected to a 360 SM-S4303R continuous servo.
The LED strip is configured to fade into its colours, giving the impression of awakening from sleep upon being disturbed.