• Elvin Ou

Light Art Process

Updated: Dec 5, 2019

1. Motion and refraction


At the beginning of the proposal process, we both agreed on exploring light in the way that it transforms and expresses motion in a certain way. After doing some research and some brainstorming, we first had the idea of using light as the medium to show the motion of water. From there, we were discussing about what the form of the water should be, what material, what light effect.. Eventually we decided on putting water in a transparent sphere and then mounted into a frame with a projection shining through.

We thought the projection would go through each individual water bulb and then project a certain image onto the other side that it could almost be like a water refraction pixel screen. Then users could touch those water bulbs and rotate them sideways to create motion. However, nothing ended up as how we imagined at all..


From there we decided to explore further if we could figure out a different way to use light in motion.


2. Motion and kinetic illusion


Continuing exploring motion and we discovered "kinetic illusion" was something that could be possible to be integrated into a light piece.

From there we model couple shapes and sketched some different versions of mechanic system for it to function.

From here we explored more into kinetic installations and slowly developed other concepts:


Ebb and flow: organic movement

Time: Moving and changing

Cycle: Season, movement, universe


Light tubes are used to stimulate wave or silhouette of tides.


Semi-circular form: Sun/moon/cycle

Cone form: Tutu skirts, inspired by Edgar Degas's ballet dancer paintings