Forest
Art Direction, Engineering, Music
2013
'Forest' is a large interactive musical laser installation. Commissioned by and premiered at the STRP Biennale in Eindhoven, this giant interactive forest covers almost 450 square meters and is composed of over 150 musical 'trees' made of rods and lasers. The audience can freely explore the space, physically tapping, shaking, plucking, and vibrating the trees to trigger sounds and lasers. Due to the natural springiness of the material, interacting with the trees causes them to swing and oscillate, creating vibrating patterns of light and sound. Each tree is tuned to a specific tone, creating harmonious sounds spatialized and played through a powerful surround sound setup.

The installation is designed to bring out in adults those feelings of curiousity and wonderment which are so alive and evident in children.

Forest exists as a tourable interactive installation, open to the public, and also a performance. The performance premiered at the STRP Biennale opening, consisting of 12 local children between the age of 8 and 12 years old. They were choreographed to move around the space, strumming and triggering the lasers and sounds.
  • 'Forest' is a large interactive musical laser installation. Commissioned by and premiered at the STRP Biennale in Eindhoven, this giant interactive forest covers almost 450 square meters and is composed of over 150 musical 'trees' made of rods and lasers. The audience can freely explore the space, physically tapping, shaking, plucking, and vibrating the trees to trigger sounds and lasers. Due to the natural springiness of the material, interacting with the trees causes them to swing and oscillate, creating vibrating patterns of light and sound. Each tree is tuned to a specific tone, creating harmonious sounds spatialized and played through a powerful surround sound setup. 

    The installation is designed to bring out in adults those feelings of curiousity and wonderment which are so alive and evident in children.

    Forest exists as a tourable interactive installation, open to the public, and also a performance. The performance premiered at the STRP Biennale opening, consisting of 12 local children between the age of 8 and 12 years old. They were choreographed to move around the space, strumming and triggering the lasers and sounds.
     
     
     
    Directors: Robin McNicholas, Memo Akten, Barney Steel
    Producer: Waiming Wee
    Production Manager: Devin Matthews
    Designer: Ersinhan Ersin
    Fabricator/Engineer: Jamie Elliot (http://www.jailmake.com)
    Prototype and Serial Programming: Marek Bereza (http://www.mazbox.com)
    Sound Programming: Paul Miller
    Electronics: Mike Harrison (http://www.whitewing.co.uk)
    Acoustic sound consultant: Rob Kelly
    Surround sound consultant: Dave Sheppard
    Lighting consultant: Jonny Milmer
    Photographers: Sandra Ciampone (http://www.meorme.com)
    Co-Commissioned by STRP Biennale (http://strp.nl/)
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    Our Festival-opening performance. A dozen dancers, aged 8 to 12, from the Netherlands volunteered to give a wonderfully choreographed routine in the installation.