{ REVEALUXION }

 

 REVEAL + LUX

PERFORMER:
KASSAHUN ELIA VILLA, KIEUN KIM, Sultanali Barodawala
PHOTO CREDIT BY DANIEL MASTRETTA

Revealuxion is a personal, artistic form for performance, which uses brainwaves, LED lights, and finger movements. The title came from a combination of two words: Reveal and Lux. I combined them because I want to reveal myself through the intensity of illumination. I set up a Mindflex, six LED Strips as a mental representation and finger motions as a physical representation. I use the attention value of my brainwaves and when I focus on my surroundings and myself, the LEDs will be fully lit. If I do not, they will turn off. For the finger movements, if my fingers pull down the strings, the parts at the other ends are lifted up. I can visualize my internal and external struggle through a second body. I’ve designed architectural shapes that are inspired by chrysalis and marionettes. A butterfly struggles for its independence and a marionette’s movements are controlled by human fingers. However, in this performance, I will voluntarily place myself in a chrysalis and use my fingers to control my own movements.

As an artist, I am always concerned with the statement “Be yourself”. I fear we can lose our ontological integrity and can be controlled by other people, technology and alter egos. I always wonder: How could I really represent my true self through my physical form and in performances involving a second body? I would say that I exist and that I am here. And if I extend from myself, it is like seeing pictures of an alter ego through a mirror. By expressing an intimate part of myself in this way, I am able to feel a huge amount of empathy and sympathy for my own self. Throughout this process, I experience moments of healing.

 

Exhibitions

Thesis Exhibition

@ 12FL, Albert and Vera List
Academic Center, New York, NY
May 18 - May 22, 2015
Monday through Friday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Maker Faire

World Maker Faire – 6th Annual

Revealuxion” has been selected as a maker in the categories of Wearables, Arduino, Art & Design.

@ New York Hall of Science, Queens
September 26 & 27, 2015
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

 
 Photo Credit by Matthew Septimus

Photo Credit by Matthew Septimus

NYC Media Lab

NYC Media Lab Annual Summit

"Revealuxion” has been selected as an attendee in the category of Wearables.

@ NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place
Doors open at 8:00 am
September 25, 2015
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Interactive Performance with Audiences in Public

Photo Credit by Evan Yu Ting Huang

 

I propose that personal touch/sharing via technology with an aesthetic approach will impact people's lives positively. At the end of this paper, I share my project with other people through an interactive connection in a public place, using music, video, and an Arduino setup. I intend to convey a personal message about the vulnerable human connection in modern society. Through my interactive experimental performance we learn more about human behaviors and experiences. I hope that the aesthetic humanistic approach can change the direction of 21st design paradigm in a positive way.*

*Reference: Buchenau, Marion and Jane Fulton Suri (IDEO), Experience Prototyping”, DIS ’00 Proceedings of 3rd techniques, ACM 2000, p.424-433.