six intersecting cycles
Six Intersecting Cycles
A Lighting Installation at Smith College, 2007
Six Intersecting Cycles was installed in the 27’ x 21' lighting lab at Smith College. Nineteen theater lights (eight ellipsoidal and eleven spherical) were grouped into six different "channels" that were set to fluctuate in intensity at different rhythms. The six cycles of changing intensity created a constantly shifting awareness of the space. An uncut bolt of fabric wound through the space and moved in the breeze of fans. Backlit strings or clothespins would become visible, then dissolve. Every 252 seconds, all six cycles would intersect and the room would go dark, then reawaken with amber floor lights.
Two of the participants who entered the installation lay on the floor to experience it, like watching clouds. They said it was breathing.