For tactile research lab this semester Beng wanted to work with plastics…. ” I wanted to create structures that, depending on the movements of the audience would change their perception of space. I started with plastic sheets that I hung up in a row to see what sort light of light qualities it had. By putting them in a row and passing my hand through them I saw that layering the material was interesting. Because of the diffusion of the light objects between the surfaces would fade in accordance to how much layers of material was in between. I wanted to see how this would work on a life size scale so I made a bigger version. That was really unhandy to work with. Afterwards I decided to hang up smaller versions in space.
I wanted to know how it would feel like walking through it for a person would be. But I soon found out that when the sheets are too small. The way we perceive the objects would destroy the effect of the material. Because the sheets of plastic are not very wide they don’t feel like a real object that’s integrated with the space. It was hard to transform this material. So I decided to make a frame and tried to wrap it around that. But the plastic breaks very fast when put under tension. Trying to put tension on the plastic did not work. Hanging it was a better option. But I still wanted to integrate it more in the space and make it part of the space it was in. I started to make models to see how that would look in space. Because I could make faster setups. In the model I made the sheets of plastic almost as wide as the walls. This way wanted to try and integrate it with the space more.
I felt that now that it was as wide as the space it was presented it really became a part of the space. But to let people still walk through the space the plastic sheets could not be static objects anymore. They had to move around. This is why I hung the plastic sheets up on motors that rotated the sheets. This created new openings and paths and closed others.
After this tried to see how this setup would react to light. By putting up an LED pad I wanted to see how the object would react to light. The multiple light sources of the pad created multiple shadows of the objects rotating in space. Creating lines and patterns on the floor of the space.
The test with lights created nice visual results. After this I wanted to see what would happen if used colored lights. By making my model white and using a mix of two colors (red and blue) that were hanging from above creating a new color (purple) I wanted to find out if the plastic would act as a wall and break the light or would let the light mix. The colors mixed really weird creating this blue purplish space, with nice changing shadows across the surface of the floor and the walls. The changes were subtle you could see the shadows on the floor very. And the because of the diffusion of the plastic some parts of the space disappeared in some sort of haze. The plastic sheets didn’t really act as a barrier and let the different colored lights mix in an interesting way.