Transition is an interactive installation that encourages stillness and contemplation. Visitors to the space are an essential part of the piece. As long as movement by visitors is detected, the audio and animations switch, never allowing the content to get past the first small snippet. Participants need to calm their physical selves in order to allow the animation and the audio to be fully realized. This physical quietness can translate into a calmer emotional and mental state.

In the depths of the reflecting pool sits a Muqarnas – an intricate piece of decorative architecture; animated Persian floral patterns are projected into the pool and onto the architecture. The animations are accompanied by spoken poetry originally written by Rumi. The rhythm of the poetry matches the rhythm in the animation creating a meditative combination. Both the movement in the animations and in the poetry reinforce the transition between still and moving. The rich symmetry of the Muqarnas is also source for transition between stillness and movement.

Full explanation .pdf.

This project was conceived and executed in collaboration with Katayoon Etemad.

Transition is an interactive installation that encourages stillness and contemplation. Visitors to the space are an essential part of the piece. As long as movement by visitors is detected, the audio and animations switch, never allowing the content to get past the first small snippet. Participants need to calm their physical selves in order to allow the animation and the audio to be fully realized. This physical quietness can translate into a calmer emotional and mental state.

In the depths of the reflecting pool sits a Muqarnas – an intricate piece of decorative architecture; animated Persian floral patterns are projected into the pool and onto the architecture. The animations are accompanied by spoken poetry originally written by Rumi. The rhythm of the poetry matches the rhythm in the animation creating a meditative combination. Both the movement in the animations and in the poetry reinforce the transition between still and moving. The rich symmetry of the Muqarnas is also source for transition between stillness and movement.

Full explanation .pdf.

This project was conceived and executed in collaboration with Katayoon Etemad.