SUN DROPS ITS TORCH:
A portrait of the Earth from the outside in and the inside out,
is an interactive environment which explores new forms of communication.
Inspired by two extraordinary natural events, a total solar eclipse
and an active volcanic lava flow which occurred simultaneously in
Hawaii on July 11, 1991, the piece allows visual and acoustic interactions
created by the juxtaposition of these two universal phenomena as
they conjunct in space during a frozen moment in time. Participants
may "play" the environment, direct images, sounds and
fragments of multi-lingual stories simply by walking around the
installation space. The installation is a multi-user system designed
to promote cooperative interactions rather than individual competition.
The form of communication and interaction becomes part of the creative
uses a ring of 10-24 video monitors and 6 floor sensors which are
distributed around interactive space. As the floor sensors are triggered
by a person's location, images transform and recombine to form a
constantly changing collective image on the ring of monitors. Also
triggered is video from laserdise. All sensors trigger both images
and sounds, including spoken multi-lingual text. Visual cues on
each of the floor sensors indicate which images and sounds you are
SUN DROPS ITS TORCH was installed as a Work in Progress at
the EXPLORATORIUM - Special Exhibit in the MultiMedia Playground
(Feb.- March, 1994) and at ACM Multimedia, San Francisco, CA.(94).
The environment was installed at BLASTHAUS Multimedia Gallery, San
Francisco, CA (April-June 95).
material for THE SUN DROPS ITS TORCH
is taken from original footage shot on location in Hawaii, July
1991, copyright JoAnn Gillerman and Rob Terry.