Thomas Schroepfer, iSwarm (i Light Marina Bay 2014)

Posted: March 18, 2014 by lambentI2e in Events / Gatherings, Information

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• What does environmental sustainability mean to you?

We believe that sustainability is not merely an engineering problem that can be solved by aiming for ever-smarter technologies and for ever-greater efficiency. Rather, sustainable technologies need to encompass human experience as a whole, including the mind and all senses to encourage meaningful interactions with nature.

• What comes to mind when you think of the theme “Light+heART”

Art has a crucial role to play in the engagement of people since can affect them in a direct way. By touching people’s hearts through a poetic and interactive installation like iSwarm and engaging their minds with a sense of wonder and curiosity, we hope that our project contributes to the idea of sustainability, as well to the theme of i Light Marina Bay 2014: “Light + Heart.”

• How long did the design and production of take?

We submitted our project proposal to the i Light Curatorial Team in Fall 2013. After being selected for participation, we worked for about 3 months on the implementation.

• What were the challenges you faced?

There were many technical challenges we had to overcome, including coming up with solutions for putting the installation’s 1,500 lights into the water and installing iSwarm in Marina Bay’s tidal water level.

• What is the message of iSwarm?

By touching people’s hearts through a poetic and interactive installation like iSwarm and engaging their minds with a sense of wonder and curiosity, we hope that our project contributes to the idea of sustainability, as well to the theme of the 2014 iLight exhibition: “Light + Heart.”

ThomasPrior to joining SUTD as a tenured faculty member and Associate Head of Pillar of Architecture and Sustainable Design, Professor Thomas Schroepfer was an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) where he taught for seven years in the areas of architectural design, materials, and construction. He is joined by Professor Suranga Nanayakkara who teaches at the Engineering Product Development Pillar of SUTD. As head of the Augmented Senses Group at SUTD, Suranga’s vision is to create new interaction technologies that seamlessly integrate with users’ minds, bodies and behaviour, providing them an enhanced perception of their environment/themselves.

This is the first time a team from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Advanced Architecture Laboratory and Augmented Senses Group is participating in i Light Marina Bay 2014. Created by them, the ingenuity of this installation, which is uniquely sited in the water, demonstrates the creativity of the team and is exemplary in its advancement into a new frontier in light art installation presentation, where collaborative efforts and research are needed to enrich the experience of interactive arts in today’s context.

Please see here for information about i Light Marina Bay 2014.

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