Mimètik: a collaborative light and sound installation


By Nadia Campo Woytuk, Clara Borràs Coll, Xavier Salleras Mestre, Sergi Armengol

Mimètik is a collaborative interactive installation, focusing on the relationship between light and soundscapes of nature. Mimètik is the derivative of the project Kikubes.

The installation consists of several light-emitting cubes which users can pick up and move to manipulate the light and sound of the installation.

Each cube exists in primarily three states: red green and blue. Each state corresponds to a different element in nature. Red signifies heat, fire, desert, dry. Green represents forest, earth, wilderness, plants and animals. Blue represents underwater, cold, wind, snow, mountains.

While a user’s cube is in one of these states, he/she can rotate and move the cube to explore the color tones inside that state. For example, red will reveal tones of pink and orange.

The cubes are individual identities but can influence the others by changing their own color to copy or “mimic” the other cube. When this happens the cube goes into a transition period, where its light slowly blinks through all the colors in the spectrum between the two states in the transition.

The global sound of the installation also depends on the states of the cubes. The soundscape will change to represent sounds and textures of each state and also drastic changes (such as thunder, or a storm) when transitioning from one state to another.

The work involved interaction design, prototyping, software programming using Arduino and OpenFrameworks and industrial design and building the hardware parts of the cubes.

Mimètik was presented at the festivals Festus 2016 and Lluèrnia 2016 under the name Ideots.

Earlier work: Kikubes (2015)
Bachelor’s thesis in Audiovisual Engineering with Clara Borràs Coll (Audiovisual Communication)

concept video by Clara Borràs Coll

alternative Kikubes version for children

Article about Kikubes (Catalan) from Pompeu Fabra University ︎︎︎