Horizon Is An Imaginary Line
Horizon is an Imaginary Line is an experimental light and electroacoustic installation that transforms the experience of the Playhouse Theatre space into a poetic experience of nature. The piece innovated the use of a moving image by projecting it into a space filled with a haze to create seemingly tangible sculptures made of light. The sculptures wrapped around visitors and continuously changed forms to emulate the vast scale of the universe and the sublimity of nature.
The sound space was composed by Daniel Peterson. It is an electroacoustic counterpoint to the experience of kinetic light that enhances the ambiance of space by appearing at the threshold of perception and then morphing over time.
Moving beams of light are simultaneously physical and ephemeral, figurative and abstract, still and dynamic. Phenomenal experience of light and sound is nearly impossible to capture as they change based on the state of the fog and viewers position. Each visitor creates a silhouette in space that contributes to the total sensation of the piece and thereby integrates the visitor’s presence into the aesthetic experience. As visitors move, their figures at times block haze and fog and moving image, which provides them with an opportunity to interact with the environment and make an immediate influence on it. The play of light across the space that visitors enter also transforms the perception of bodies present in the piece.
This artwork was developed to illustrate my Ph.D. research on innovation through the creative use of light.