Artists Statement: Shadows, the remnants of physical forms created through the interplay among light, object, and space, are often depicted as incarnations of the mind. The projective nature of light results in distorted shadows, not any different from how human perception is governed by subjectivity. As in the intentionally misspelled word REMNANCE, the plastic relationship between material and mind is captured through programmatic modifications of a shadow. A light bulb hanging from the ceiling can be swung like a pendulum, revealing hidden faces of the shadow. The contrast between a mundane object and its dynamic shadow makes even the most simplistic reality no longer simple or disregardable. The continual changes of the shadow lead to a spectrum of self-reflection, where the inspection of the shadow becomes a projection of inner avenues. The behaviors of the shadow demystify as the exploration goes on and the introspection unfolds in parallel. The vignette "Dream of Flying" embodies the human desire to defy gravity. A flying shadow is perceived as a distant wonder at first, however, one soon realizes it is the dream deep inside.
Artist(s): Sang-won Leigh, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Asta Roseway, Microsoft Research
Ann Paradiso, Microsoft Research