habitat, 2017
installation

Josefin Lindebrink_Habitat_hdr

 

HABITAT explores themes of development as both a solitary and communal process, specifically how individual action ripples out to affect all of the members of a community while the state of the community conditions the actions of individual members.

Participants lie alone in an enclosing structure, cut off from outside stimuli. The structure vibrates gently in response to a feedback loop triggered by the physical activity and biological states of its occupant, moving towards a sense of calmness when the occupant rests peacefully, and likewise responding with dissonance when the occupant is restless. As other participants occupy these structures, they are added to the others’ feedback loop, creating a temporary hive identity. As participants leave, they leave their mark on the community. In this state, HABITAT will adapt to the participants, creating a restful or tense whole from the sum of its parts.

HABITAT will work to achieve a sustainable balance, yet a conscientious change of behavior by individual participants will result in an evolution of the communal environment. In this way HABITAT takes on a new depth with each additional participant.

 

HABITAT is a haptic installation based on studies of the body’s response to vibration from its environment. The installation includes audio-induced structural vibration, biofeedback, physical activity sensory monitoring, and is based on studies on psychoacoustics and human response to vibration.

 

Technical advisor/programming: Simon Fransson