2006 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
Healing Pool is a large, interactive floor piece. It takes the physical space and meditative atmosphere of a reflecting pool, such as in the outdoor mall in Washington, D.C., and brings it to life. The pool is covered in organic patterns that, when left alone, slowly pulsate and shift. When a person walks across the floor, however, the patterns pull away, creating wounds that heal once the person has left. The healed pattern, however, is not the same as before the interaction, it grows back differently each time. Thus the patterns of the pool hold a history, or memory, of all the interactions that have occurred since the piece was first installed and turned on. The piece also responds to the passage of time, subtly shifting colors and patterns over the course of the day and over the course of the installation period.
installation; video; photography; memory; time; nature; machine; virtual; environment