My following article below was originally published by SERIOUS WONDER:
Imagine yourself in a field of light. Depending on how you move and what sounds you make, that field of light responds uniquely to those specific interactions. This comes from the imaginative mind of Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, the Founder and CEO of social design lab Studio Roosegaarde. And like most ideas imagined by Mr. Roosegaarde, this idea has materialized into the physical space – Dune!
“This hybrid of nature and technology is composed of large amounts of fibers that brighten according to the sounds and motion of passing visitors.” – Daan Roosegaarde
Dune is made up of hundreds of fibers, steel, sensors, speakers, and interactive media and software. For more Dune photography, click here.
Over the years Studio Roosegaarde has released several different artistic design methods for Dune. Starting with the original design, it was developed as a means of construing a futuristic outlook into how both humans and nature will become interconnected via technology. With that came both Dune 4.1 and 4.2, designed in different public settings – from the Maastunnel to the Maas River, both of which located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. And then finally, the Dune X – a landscape of light which is situated within the Dog Leg tunnel at the 18th Biennale of Sydney.
“Filled with hundreds [of] interactive lights and sounds DUNE investigates nature in a futuristic relation with urban space.” – Daan Roosegaarde
The method established by Studio Roosegaarde to merge nature with technology is growing in popularity. More and more people are looking to technology as an effective means of re-establishing a connection between themselves and their surrounding environment. With Dune, both your movement and sounds are interconnected with a techno-enhanced landscape. In the coming years might we also develop a similar connection between our biology and advanced technology?