The Eyes Closed

  • Installations
  • Abbaye de Saint-Riquier
    Gaîté Lyrique
    Théâtre de l'Agora
Interactive light installation, 2012
Light advisor : Annie Leuridan
Technique and light programming : Cyrille Henry
Within the framework of DiiP/Ensadlab Research Programme
FabFest 2012, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris
Extra-Lucides, Théâtre de l’Agora – Scène Nationale
Leurs Lumières, Centre Cuturel de Rencontre/Abbaye de Saint-Riquier

Imagined as a factory of mental images, The Eyes Closed is a face to face with light, that explores our perceptual abilities and our imagination. The interactivity intends to exceed the simple interaction with a machine. When he closes his eyes, the viewer triggers a colorful light sequence that makes him feel rather than actually seeing a picture. His eyelids are the screen for a frameless and dimensionless image.

The impulses stimulate the optic nerve and modify the electrical frequency of the brain. Behind his closed eyelids, the viewer discovers patterns, colors and abstract images. The audience sees beyond the screen, the light emitting by the LEDs, a pure light source that let the image echo with him. He is no longer the observer, but the initiator of his own images and impressions. The more the experience lasts, the more impressions are intense. When the eyes are reopened again, the machine stops.