Michael Allison and Aaron Sherwood - both musicians and performance artists - have created "Firewall," an interactive audio/visual installation that truly explores the elasticity of imagination and reality.
A sheet of spandex stretched over a wooden frame acts as a performance membrane that, when pushed, creates fiery visuals and music. The deeper users push into the spandex, the faster and more intense the piano music becomes. In the "instrument mode," the deeper the membrane is pushed, the higher the pitch of the sounds.
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The effect is quite mesmerizing, as this video shows, and is similar to the scenes in countless sci-fi films where individuals encounter and touch portals to other dimensions. As Sherwood explains on his blog, exploring the space between dimensions is exactly what Firewall is intended to do. The installation will be used in a soon-to-be performance piece called Mizalu, where dancers will press into the spandex as the audience watches on the other side.