Art and maths combine in new exhibit
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.