23. Apr 2018

“Light Bubble”, a mobile installation designed by Eness.

Text: Jo-Eike Vormittag
Photos: Chris Newbury


Many may well have experienced the feeling of “living in a bubble”. Or may have heard friends or other people talking about the sensation. Life can be extremely hectic sometimes. We all do our best to fulfil the roles we have taken upon ourselves, and there are definitely times when we do not take sufficient time to sit back and relax. Towards the end of a year is a good time to calm down and become a little more contemplative: take a break, step outside the bubble and observe the goings on from the outside.

If the “Light Bubble” installation was indeed somewhere nearby, it would make for an apt visualisation of what is described above: understanding one’s personal overload and learning how to better cope with life.

Of course, there are many other ways of interpreting the meaning of a huge luminous bubble. For example, to simply take it for what it is – a fun light installation in a public space, or to at least reckon there is a good chance it might come up with some kind of fascinating light, sound and interaction experience. In the end, it is up to the individual to decide what the bubble means to him, and what he makes of it.

It could be a bit of everything: the “living” bubble reacts with light and sound to any interaction with passers-by responding to the installation as a kind of symbol of their own “life bubble”. The synthetic structure has a diameter of six metres, is filled with air and its surface is equipped with a neatly arranged pattern of addressable LED modules that emit light in two directions, outwards into the public space, and inwards into the bubble. The lighting modules integrated into the skin of the bubble respond to touch. At the same time, there is a soundscape that likewise reacts to human contact. According to the designers, the artificial orgasm is designed to humanise light art in public space and, through its beauty and the fascination it arouses, encourage people to occupy themselves with it. A good way of relaxing at any rate.


Design: Eness


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