Contact Field
site specific interactive installation

LED-lamps and cut grass, diameter 8 m
programming: Aleksey Grachev & Sergey Komarov
engineering: INTERFACE-Z / Francis Bras & Sandrine Chiri
production: CYLAND media lab, Adem vzw
thanks to SmartBe

photo: the last four Matteo

The principal feature of the Human Being is his desire to communicate, to create links, to exchange ideas, to discover. Since forever, people have been in constant movement. First they met nearby tribes, later established connections with other countries and continents. Bringing along their culture and tools and exchanging them with others, they enriched themselves and this process was expressed in technological and spiritual development. It has not always been this way, but I want to focus now on their endeavor for enlightenmentillumination. One of the sweetest dreams of mankind was to meet other intelligent life.

There are a lot of legends and myths devoted to this subject. Recently, scientists published their hypothesis that very soon they would have to discover a planet that will have very similar life conditions to ours. This installation is the “landing field” at the University of Venice.

To mark it, the author uses a sign - containing two shapes : circle and triangle – the pictogram ‘PLAY’ . The meaning of it is known to everyone and understandable for any intelligence: to start action. It is like an invitation for the aliens to land and open a new era together with humans.
Its shape will be cut in lawn grass and can stay there throughout the summer. In the evening, when it becomes dark, the sign could be lit by the viewer breathing into the flow detector that will be installed on a podium right in front of the grass’ pictogram. For this purpose, the the LED lamp strip is used, it placed around the shape. It will be invisible during the daytime and begin functioning in the night.