Resonate, an interactive sound and light installation, entertained audiences in Frankfurt, Germany at the opening party for this year’s biennial festival of lighting culture known as Luminale 2012. The responsive structure is the combined efforts of students studying master programs — “Interior Design - Spatial Communication” and “Sound Art - Composition” at University of Applied Sciences Mainz and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, respectively. Using digital LED light and sound, the collaborative piece allows visitors to interactively transform the sculptural light installation into performance art.
The audiovisual project presents an intertwining stretch of white elastic strings forming morphed cylinders that seem to mimic cooling towers in an alternate, digital universe. The complex string structure illuminates in the dark and reacts audibly when plucked, similar to a musical instrument. Like a wildly responsive rave, Resonate playfully invites spectators to do more than simply observe. This is one exhibit that doesn’t have a “Do Not Touch” sign.