River Space extends the technological art into the exploration of space, discussing the various features of the ambient display and transforming the elements which constitute the space into a part of the art installation. The presentation of the artwork is thus liberated, inviting viewers to walk into the project. River Space also integrates the architectural element “ceiling” and the service situation with alternative illumination function, encouraging viewers to walk into the space below the ceiling of River Space. It thus creates an interactive relationship between the work and viewers in the performance/exhibition.
In this project, the application of digital technology does not appeal to any practical function. Instead, it starts from the perspective of technological art to search of possibilities to be attached to the space elements, through which the form has been represented. It means that the application of technological art bases on the expression of visual art and it further explores the functional interaction with participators in the space. The use of digital technology in River Space visualizes the situation-like interaction with viewers. There are several infrared micro-sensors set up in the installation to detect viewers’ activities all the time. The infrared micro-sensors stimulate the microprocessor’s decentralized computing mechanism of the dynamic assemblies, revealing a mass of emerging behaviors. Calculated by the physical computing, the materiality of the digital information represents a bionic situation which allows the real-time interaction with participators. In the work, the pneumatic cylinder propels the material of the cable wire, changing the elasticity coefficient of the dynamic construction and stimulating the curves. In the end, it combines living beings’ group adaptive behaviors from the dozens of the kinetic artifacts to create reaction.