Walking through a brilliant world of stars is the concept of Submergence. Designed by Squidsoup, the facility has 8,064 LED lights hanging from the roof of Galleri ROM in Oslo, Norway. As guests pass through the lights, the installation reacts to their presence by creating a visual that can go from calm to intense, guests feel as if they were encapsulated by the light itself.
The installation with bright lights can be further adjusted to have from small particles to larger bulbs. From afar the installation seems to be a bucket of hanging lights. But as visitors pass through the rows of lights, bulbs start vibrating in synchronized patterns that may increase in intensity, making visitors lose track of where they are in the gallery. The dark parts are transformed into a variety of colors which sometimes illuminate with a slow intensity, but sometimes they have a high frequency energy which can cause a total confusion within the space.
There are four sections of submersionin lights. Three of the four sections are interactive, although perhaps “significant” is a more accurate term, having in mind the fact that the interactions are mainly based on environmental and space movements. The piece is made to be seen from the inside (people can walk freely inside the LED lighting structure) or outside. It creates an immersive experience so that one is completely surrounded by the lights and movement.
The installation of the light is transformed into a misty rain, through variations from violet to orange, red, and other colors that evoke a sense of serenity or anxiety. The whole experience is complemented by the music which is sometimes too load and one can feel the pulsating energy which as if sets the right mood for a complete transformation.
Submergence was designed by a group of artists, researchers and designers who are looking for a way to create a piece that evokes a virtual world through sound, light and space, controlled by each visitor. You can visit a permanent exhibition at the Royal Society of New Zealand, Wellington. Earlier this year this piece was on display at the Galleri ROM in Oslo, Norway.