In this assignment, we were asked to explore what it means to “illuminate” and “transform” in the design and construction of a light. By the very nature of these two terms light Illuminates(by shedding light) and transforms (from on to off). We were asked to build on these two terms to develop a rich, layered, and experiential concept which engages the user. Materials and construction methods were at our discretion.

Application: Cheap Reality contains 1 light bulb of each color: red,blue, and green. It is wired to allow the user to select their desired appearance. If all the bulbs are on, the box will appear as if if it contains red, blue, and green, as well as cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.

We change illumination based on our desired environmental experience. For example, light can set moods and expectations in specific spaces. Light can manipulate our judgement and perception of what is and what is not. I am interested in the reality and perceived appearance of illumination. 

I choose to focus on color because I wanted to explore a concept based on perception. Light is an interesting medium because its something that cannot be psychically touched. Ultimately, it comes down to filtering light as a way of sculpting it. In my early sketches, I was interested in kinetic movement. The more I thought about it, the more I began to see movement as literal translation of the given prompt. 

 

Concept Mapping

  Illumination and Transformation 

 Illumination and Transformation 

 

Precedent Studies

 
 

Color Manipulation

 Pattern vs. Color

Pattern vs. Color

 Color Vibration

Color Vibration

 Perception of White

Perception of White

 

Ideation & Sketches

 
 
 

Prototyping

 Movement

Movement

 Cast Shadow

Cast Shadow

 Box 1

Box 1

 Box 2

Box 2

 Box 3

Box 3

 Filters

Filters

 Filters

Filters

 Construction

Construction

 Final Materials 

Final Materials 

 Paper Screen 

Paper Screen 

 Filtering different shapes 

Filtering different shapes 

 The projection from behind 2 light boxes. 

The projection from behind 2 light boxes. 

 Distance effects each mix

Distance effects each mix