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Xiaoqi Liu

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An Interactive Light Installation

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    Thesis Studio

    Anthony J. Deen

    Sabine Seymour

    Writing and Research

    Andrew Zornoza

    Edward C. Jefferson

    Tri-Light is an interactive light installation that can sense people’s existence and response by creating different light patterns.

    In nowadays, we are surrounded by all kinds of digital objects we don’t quite understand. They can be as simple as switches, or as complex as super computers. We aren’t thinking too much about them besides using them. Their functions are not mysterious and magical any more. And their appearances are taken for granted.

    I am really inspired by the works from the 1940s to 1960s. At that time, artists started to jump out of the traditional representational kind of art and moved into a more logical kind of art. There is a quote by Sol Le Witt says that “The idea becomes a machine that makes the art”. I thought it’s a perfect summary of this kind of work. And with their work, they believe that art could be a means of changing “consciousness”.

    With my project, I want to experiment: with people interact with the object, and 2. How people interact with other people through the object as well. Through those interactions, I want to raise people’s curiosity about the project. They can interact with the digital object not only in a functional way, but also in an emotional and aesthetically way. Eventually, restore the mysterious feelings within those things we cannot see directly how it’s functioning.

    Xiaoqi Liu

    I am a graphic and digital designer with a science background. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in China, then pursued my design dream and came to New York City.

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