Layering generative digital graphics with optical lenses to vividly embody the process of scientific observation.
Observer Eﬀect entangles physical and digital media to reflect on scientific ways of seeing. The vibrant, ever-changing piece gives visitors an inspiring insight into this very act of observation by layering a nature-inspired, algorithmic animation behind a set of organic, refractive lenses.
Tenants and visitors entering the elevator lobby are greeted by an arrangement of five glowing, animated LED panels. A series of nature-inspired patterns perpetually form and reform, shifting in color and scale across the screens. The visuals evoke a wide cross-section of moments from nature, including leopard prints, turtle shells, sea coral, and wind-blown sand dunes.
As viewers move around, the digital patterns are amplified, distorted, and deconstructed by a collection of acrylic lenses positioned over selected areas of the screens, resembling the optical instruments that scientists use to observe the natural world.
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