this is an interactive shape-changing display that is activated by built-in sensors that measure the movement in the room. peaks and valleys are created from the stretched material creating a changing, moving landscape through which you can navigate dancing marbles of different sizes and weight.
the object is 40 x 40 cm and mainly made of transparent acrylic glass. for the display itself i used a very stretchy fabric which is a kind of scuba fabric. the fabric is attached to solid parts, which are mounted onto motorised sliding potentiometers – usually used in the music industry for sound mixers. the motors are activated by movement around the object – peaks are formed by moving closer to the display; valleys are created by moving away from the object and sensors.
the idea is to navigate the different marbles through the maze by moving around the display – on your own it is of course much more difficult than when there are two or three or maybe even four people helping the marbles to find their way … a visualisation of how things are a lot easier when people help each other and work together.