Semioptics for Spinoza

Shadow Object 4

A plano-convex lens, similar to those made by philosopher Baruch Spinoza for Huygens' telescopes, is suspended from a thread and moves with the airflow and with a small motor. Projected on the wall behind the lens is a set of artificial lens flares generated by equations that take into account the orientation of the lens in relation to the viewing public. The project generates fake light beams that go through the real lens: the lens then diffracts and scatters the fake light creating light source aberrations, directional haze, and chromatic distortion. The piece is a mobile that can be moved by touching it lightly or by blowing upon it to change the corresponding lens flares.

General info

Spanish name:
Semióptica para Spinoza
Year of creation:
2012

All-in-one version

Technique:
computer, kinect, projector, metal, motor, arduino processor, lens
Dimensions:
wall mount 72x44x30cm, image 172x122 cm
Edition:
6 copies + 1 AP copy

Projection version

Technique:
computer, kinect, projectors, metal, motor, arduino processor, lens
Dimensions:
variable
Edition:
1 copy + 1 AP copy

Exhibitions


Credits

  • Stephan Schulz - Programming and hardware
  • Guillaume Tremblay, Pierre Fournier, Conroy Badger - Production support

Bibliography