We are collaborating with Michelle Currie, who is artist-in-residence at The Glasgow School of Art Silversmithing and Jewellery Department, on a sensory hub art and science project that will support post Covid-19 wellbeing in the community.
At the centre of the hub, our Studio’s product design team has designed a sculptural table that incorporates Michelle’s ferromagnetic experimental work, which combines traditional silversmithing techniques with ferrous liquids and electromagnets to create moving patterns and colours.
This technology allows the surface of the table to react to and display the sensory reactions of people as they experience the space around it. The space is designed as an immersive multi-sensory experience, using colours, textures, sounds, images and smells to enhance feelings of wellbeing.
People’s sensory reactions – facial expressions and galvanic skin responses – will be captured using WiFi cameras and motion analysis software. Artificial Intelligence algorithms will interpret the data that will be displayed on the table as a kinetic artwork of changing patterns of movement and colour.
Engagement with these groups is at the heart of this project. The installation will be moved to different locations in social and public settings including schools, care homes, community centres, vacant retail premises and public libraries. It will also be shared as an on-line virtual experience.
We have recently been nominated for the AJ100 Best Use of Technology 2021 Award for our Works team’s development of a data-centric system which captures and measures human emotional responses to the design of buildings and spaces.