aural planes: an interactive chandelier
Posted: 04 July 2017
Art, science and technology come together in an extraordinary light installation that displays human emotions and energies as a harmonious array of colours and sounds. Aural Planes, a design partly created by Drew Seskunas, allows you to feel as though you’re interacting with a sculptural chandelier specifically customised for you, or even better, partly created by you. The inspiration for this piece dates back to 1939 when Russian inventor Semyon Davidovich Kirlian used a photographic plate with a high-voltage energy sources to see electrical fields that would normally be invisible to the naked eye. From these works, non-traditional energy-treatment practitioners would go on to photograph the aura of an individual. This is how New York-based architecture firm The Principals came up with the idea for Aural Planes. The chandelier is predominantly made from aluminium electricity-conducting rods attached to a sensor grid. When you make contact with the rods, the electricity charges present in your body are transferred to the rods which then travel up to the sensor grid. This reaction creates hues of colours and musical notes. Seskunas believes that ‘There are so many amazing processes happening in our body that we are either unaware of, or take for granted’. Recently, we’ve seen a pendulum swing in trends moving away from the realm of virtual reality and towards a stronger focus on humanness and really connecting to what's tangible. Although a fair amount of science and technology went into its creation, Aural Planes was intended to connect us to our senses by getting us to touch the rods, see the bright colours and listen to the chiming tones. See more conceptual work at theprincipals.us.