Lighting design class with Prof. Martin Racine
The Photon Lamp is an auxiliary ambient lighting unit, meant to be wall-mounted in a transitional space such as a corridor. The assignment was quite simple: to create an interactive lamp. I thus decided to take a generic approach to the theme and did my conceptual exploration around the many aspects of light itself. The design that I chose to build was inspired by what physicists call the “dual nature of light”, that is to say, the unresolved paradox of light’s wave and particle properties. My design offers a poetic solution to this paradox: the “photons” only light up when the “wave” is weaved around them. As the wave-wire touches specific parts of the photon balls, the switch is activated. The interactivity of the project thus comes solely from the design of the switch. The user is encouraged to have a rich tactile experience that takes a certain time, a moment of mindfulness to reconsider his/her experience of that transitional space which is usually all but mindful. It’s a playful interaction where the user can chose to turn on a few balls rather than all of them, and play with the flickering of the lights.