Art and maths com­bine in new ex­hibit

Upper Hutt Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - ELEANOR WENMAN

A new in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit at Ex­pres­sions, all the way from Amer­ica, is set to stun vis­i­tors.

Heal­ing Pools opens on Satur­day and is an in­ter­ac­tive floor pro­jec­tion. When gallery vis­i­tors walk across the floor, the pro­jected light re­acts, cre­at­ing pat­terns that last long af­ter the per­son has stepped away.

The in­stal­la­tion comes from Bos­ton-based dig­i­tal artist Brian Knep.

‘‘This project serves as a type of me­mo­rial, a con­stantly evolv­ing record of change that hon­ours the mi­nus­cule ways in which the slight­est in­ter­ac­tions - no mat­ter how small or un­in­ten­tional - have some im­pact. It is also an examination of how each per­son is, like the pool, a man­i­fes­ta­tion of ev­ery­thing that came be­fore,’’ he said.

Ev­ery per­son who walks across the floor leaves their mark, cre­at­ing a his­tory of the in­ter­ac­tions peo­ple have had with it.

The in­stal­la­tion uses cus­tom al­go­rithms cre­ated by Knep to make the pat­terns. The equa­tions used in the al­go­rithm came from bi­o­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal mod­els of molec­u­lar in­ter­ac­tions.

In­spi­ra­tion for Heal­ing Pools also came from pub­lic re­flect­ing pools and his­toric places, such as the Duomo in Florence, Italy.

Knep is a Bos­ton na­tive and was the first artist-in-res­i­dence at Har­vard Med­i­cal School. He was also a com­puter graph­ics soft­ware de­vel­oper for films like Juras­sic Park and Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble.

Ex­pres­sions di­rec­tor Leanne Wick­ham was pleased to have the in­stal­la­tion dis­played at the gallery.

‘‘This is ex­cit­ing, new, re­spon- sive tech­nol­ogy that com­bines art, maths, tech­nol­ogy and health. This in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence will pro­vide both an im­mer­sive and con­tem­pla­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for all gen­er­a­tions,’’ she said.

Heal­ing Pools opens at Ex­pres­sions on Satur­day. En­try is free due to sup­port from the Up­per Hutt Health Cen­tre.

The Heal­ing Pools ex­hi­bi­tion will open at Ex­pres­sions on Satur­day.

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