The project for the Orbit light festival was a collaboration with Hannes Anderson and Romy Kuldip Singh. The project is part of a story about Groningen in some future era, in this future we imagined that natural sunlight was blocked by some reason. For the people, to get sunlight in this era, special buildings have been created with an artificial sun inside. These buildings, or “temples”, were made by people who started to worship the sun.
So the “temple” we created, would need a shrine where one could kneel before the sun and receive its light. The fact that it was an artificial sun, it would need a power source as well. Due to its great importance we positioned the source in the center of the “temple”.
As it is dark outside, the sun should gradually start to shine. And then, to get the visitors to kneel before the sun, we placed my theremin sensor, on the floor in front of a small pillow. If a visitor would kneel, the light intensity would increase equally.
To support the dignity of the “temple”, we’ve added an enchanting tone, which sounded like a “humming noise”. The tone frequency would then increase, simultaneous with the light intensity.