The installation went live at a Scandinavian energy conference. But when Lundin asked Scandinavian Design Group for a proposal for their booth, Staal proposed something that actually isn’t a booth at all: An undulating ceiling of honey-colored tubes that would rhythmically move in response to the visitors walking underneath. They’re calling it Breaking the Surface.
Lundin is known for its high-tech, high-yield explorations, so before finalizing their concept Staal and his team spent a few days looking at the tools that power the company’s work. To analyze the seafloor, their geologists create computer-generated 3-D models of sections of the continental shelf, and the different strata and gravel. As the seismic investigation continues, those models are constantly being updated. The amber acrylic pipes that Scandinavian Design Group are installing, stalactic-style, are an abstraction of those ever-changing models.
To set the pipes in motion, visitors just walk underneath them. Underneath the 13-by-13 foot floorboards are capacitive sensors that track footsteps. That information, combined with data gleaned from four Microsoft Kinect sensors at the installation’s corners, determines which pipes should move up, and when. The piece can handle up to ten people at once, but Staal says it’s optimized for two people, when fewer pipes are being retracted. The effect is meant to mimic the generative movement of the ocean, as well as Lundin’s approach to exploration: “It’s very technical, but their geology department is very open minded in how they approach their exploration operations.” Staal says. “The leader of their exploration department is like a philosopher.”
source: wired.com By Margaret Rhodes