electric flora

A energy harvesting installation

Based on the technology of  paper generators developed at Disney Research Pittsburgh, »electric flora« expands the concept of energy harvesting into space. In this interactive forest of LED rods the environment reacts with light to the body’s electrostatic charge.

In a performance a dancer interacts with these LED rods and lights up hundreds of LEDs just through touch. Motion, energy and light become to a dialogue between man and space.

The LED rods are custom-made out of acrylic tubes, LEDs, wires and rectifiers. Hanging from the ceiling they have to be connected to a ground. To increase the electrostatic charge of the dancer’s body shoes were modified with a special Teflon sole.

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