Ripple 2016 / 2015 GLADSTONE HOTEL / QUEEN'S QUAY TERMINAL, TORONTO with Haya Alnibari, Lisa Boulatova, Tim Fu, Diana Koncan, Kate Korotayeva, Amina Lalor, Nate Mendiola, Tiffany Zhang, support from Ryerson DAS & DFZ, sponsored by Subaru Canada Video: Michael Banate Photos: Remi Carreiro Haya Alnibari Amina Lalor Jackman Chiu

Ripple is a playful embodiment of the notion that we can achieve more together, that every action creates a ripple effect.

 

It is an interactive installation that allows users to make music by pulling suspended teardrops. Visitors move through a forest of droplets, making music and encouraging other users to join in, in a ripple effect. They work together, synchronizing their movements and harmonizing their sounds.

Ripple was a Special Independent Project part of the 10th annual Nuit Blanche festival, sponsored by Subaru, displayed at Queen’s Quay Terminal on October 2015. It was exhibited again on January 2016 at the Gladstone Hotel for Come Up to My Room.

Droplets were prototyped using vacuum-formed acrylic and 3D printed molds, then spray frosted. They are lit with 10mm LED bulbs. Canopy droplets are wired through a copper tape circuit. Interactive musical droplets are powered with coin batteries, then connected via fishing wire to the keyboard hidden above.

MUSICAL DROPLET
CANOPY DROPLET

Droplets were arranged to form a canopy of undulating waves and varying densities, using Rhino + Grasshopper parametric modeling software.

CANOPY OF DROPLETS 25 PANELS OF CNC-CUT 4x8 BLACK ACRYLIC PANELS SCAFFOLDING STRUCTURE FORMING 9FT TALL, 90FT LONG WALKWAY SIDES OF WALKWAY ARE LINED WITH BLACK CURTAINS FOR LIGHTING AND ACOUSTIC CONSIDERATIONS

The droplets are suspended from the ceiling of a long walkway. Ceiling panels, composed of black acrylic sheets with wood framing, are attached to a scaffolding structure.

100-POUND FISHING WIRE MOMENTARY SWITCH TRIGGERED WHEN USER PULLS DROPLET
SIGNAL SENT TO MIDI KEYBOARD TO PLAY NOTE
V-CLAMPS SUSPEND PANELS TO SCAFFOLD 2x4 LUMBER FRAME COPPER TAPE CIRCUIT