daniel alexander smith

Expansion

Commissioned by Illuminus, Boston and sponsored by Epson,
this installation maps realtime pedestrian activity into an infinite, growing architecture.

Expansion, 2019

In our city, the skyline changes faster than the people. As the urban fabric extends heavenwards, people become the collateral for a new economic expansion.

Commissioned by Illuminus, Boston and sponsored by Epson, this installation maps live pedestrian traffic onto an infinitely-growing skeleton skyscraper. This expansion fosters an economic void, vacuuming passersby into an upside-down world. As each figure crashes into the structure, a bell tolls and the body bursts with light, before fading to a crimson wash.

On the plaza, live movement is projected back onto foot traffic, illuminating real bodies as red fragments. As activity in the plaza grows, the procedurally generated structure densifies, and the number of falling figures increases.