Architectural space is defined by horizontal and vertical walls. In public spaces in particular, interior spaces can appear impersonal, stark and monotonous, and offer their visitors a poor quality of experience thanks to their utilitarian design and sterile lighting.
The modular system monoLITh is conceived to enhance such spaces, subverting their rigid atmosphere through a series of animated, "communicating" elements. It takes effect through a row of light boxes, which display an enigmatic, constantly changing interior life, conveyed by light. In a sober, rational everyday world, they appear to be independent reacting organisms, a vibrant parallel world, which can not be exactly defined, but nevertheless transmits information.
Its lighting effect is based on a surprisingly simple principle: a reflective foil is set in a pre-programmed motion by a special mechanism, and projects reflections from a fixed light source onto a translucent surface. The ever-changing form of the moving foil is transferred into the resulting image, and gives the impression of 3-dimensional movement. The light appears to pulse and breath, retract and pause for a moment, before expanding once again.
Thus the result is a non-stop analog animation which engages with the viewer within a public space. Individual modules can be connected and synchronized to create a larger, homogenous surface. As they draw the viewer into a sensual and obscure experiential space, they challenge both his cognitive perception and his imagination. Something is conveyed, but exactly what that is can only be discovered by the individual himself.
The information is transmitted through colour, intensity and movement. Therefore a neutral white tone behaves in a vague and disorientated manner, whilst a reddish, concentrated signal could intuitively announce an event, for instance, an approaching underground train.
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