Mirage Well

Interactive Installation,3D Animation

Role ︎ Projection Design
Tool ︎ Cinema4D, TouchDesigner, Kinect, LED
Collaborator ︎ Neonblack Studio

Well, as one of the earliest man-made structures to access groundwater, was the first step to break the limitation of the land, and explore a world beyond the plain and familiar.

The circular structure of the well manifests multiple layers of semiotic meanings — it is a container, a frame, a portal to the unknown, and a reflection. We stand inside and look at the world framed by the well; we stand above and stare down at this black hole of imaginations and unrealities.

Mirage well created an immersion in the underwater world. The space is divided horizontally into two parts by the lighting installation/ the well. At the beginning of the experience, viewers will enter from the entrance of the venue on one side of “the well“ into “the world above“ and then progress into the “the world under“ and submerged in projection-mapped space with interaction by two Kinect sensors and six powerful projectors.

Mirage Well is an immersive installation developed by Neonblack Studio. In this versatile installation with no definite form, withered trunks, light and shadow, water waves and sounds merged together to create a space where reality and imagination blend.  The giant metal ring reshapes the small, dark wellhead in life, and the light illuminates and infinitely magnifies this passage.

在这个没有固定形态的互动装置中, 枯木,光影,水波,声音,共同构建了一个现实与想象交融的空间。巨型的金属圆环重新塑造了生活中小而黑暗的井口,光照亮并无限放大了这个通道。我们想让观众成为作品的一部分,让影像不只跳跃在墙面,而是成为人们探索空间的向导。当人们迈入井里时,地面的光影会随之改变,观众可以随意行走于井外和井里,自由地改变动画的形态。

VR Prototyping

This work was exhibited at Banboo Art Center, Shanghai and Auto Space, Beijing in 2020.