Art & design studio ENESS is back with another exploration of periodicity: where "MÖBIUS" was a "collaborative stop-motion sculpture" that was more a visual treat than an interactive installation, "A Tilt of Light" is fun for the whole family. It's essentially a seesaw in which the midsection is segmented like a spine, such that each of the 33 'vertebrae' lights up in sequence depending on the motion of the participants.ENESS bring home a playful new work exploring worldly forces at play as you soar through the air. The Light Seesaw is equipped with a physics engine and thirty three rows of lights that respond to your swing.
Climb on and watch how a Pingpong ball might bounce on the moon, or how a balloon might wade through yogurt. Choose the atmosphere surrounding your object—air, water, space and even yogurt and observe the ball of light as it hurls your way.
See(saw) it in action after the jump:
As the video shows, the patterns depend on the teeterer's (or is that totterer's?) respective velocities; they've also posted some making-of photos on the project page. Good stuff, but I'd be curious to see a variation where each 'side' has different colored lights—say, red and green—and some kind of scoring system. That's right: I'm suggesting competitive seesaw.
For now, the extant version of "A Tilt of Light" is on view at Federation Square in ENESS's hometown of Melbourne until July 1.