Sun and Moon Room in the Art Museum of Nature and Human Non-Homogeneity, located in Bungotakada City, Oita, houses one of the interactive art installations designed to extend one’s physicality in contact with the nature. The concept of this work is a room where visitors can play with sunlight. As visitors walk through the room, small apertures on the ceiling automatically open and close, following their movements. The aperture system is designed to envelop the visitors’ bodies in light and to change the shape of the light cast at their feet, mimicking the waxing and waning of the moon. Visitors’ movements are detected by sensors, which trigger to open only the apertures located in the direction of the sun. The room is controlled to create an interior condition that represents the weather of the moment using a program for analyzing live data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency. On a sunny day, the room becomes hazy, and visitors can observe a beam of light passing through it. The installation involves another mechanism that plays the sound of the piano as it detects the opening of the apertures, which corresponds to visitors’ movements. In this work, the technology is not directly visible. It is used only to cast select sunlight on the visitors’ bodies and deliver the experience of being in contact with nature. By delivering natural rather than artificial light, it is designed to stimulate the visual perception and warmth of sunlight, enhancing the visitors’ senses and consciousness.
anno lab, Miki Nishioka, Yoshiko Kojima, Hiroshi Matoba, Kanta Horio, Taiki Niimi, Yuichi Nakamura