Remember the first time you walked through a forest? Do you recall the sounds, the light, the shadows, and the wonder you experienced? The latest installation by Marshmallow Laser Feast, Musical Laser Forest, was created to awaken “feelings of curiousity and wonderment,” encourage exploration and playfulness. The installation is an interactive musical instrument commissioned for the STRP Biennale in Eindhoven. The ‘Forest’ is made up of a series of over 150 rods covering nearly 4800 square feet (450 square meters) of warehouse space. At the end of each rod is a laser beam that can be played when the rod is tapped or strummed.
Adding the human element is an important factor for all of their projects to bring out the, “emotional, human side to the tech,” says Robin McNicholas. By strumming and tapping the rods in the ‘Forest’, users can produce both sounds and lasers, so the installation becomes a collaborative instrument, as well as a magical wonderland.
Check out the transformation of the space in the video and images below:
Marshmallow Laser Feast is a London-based creative studio, founded by Memo Akten, Robin McNicholas and Barney Steel, that has set out to choreograph real-time, interactive experiences at the intersection of art and technology. Take a closer look at the work and creative process over at the creators project.
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