Wenqi Li

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Alaska

SHOWCASE
ITP winter show 2016
Dec 18 - Dec 19, 2016


TOOLS:Arduino, laser cutting, microphone, projection mapping, p5.js
ROLE: Creator, Creative Technologist, Fabrication
TEAM: Shivanku Kumar, Wenqi Li

Alaska is a kinetic data sculpture that mimics the peaks at Alaska Glaciers. It responses to audiences' breathing and blowing interations and destroys itself. When people absent in the room, it will start to build up and get back to the original position slowly.


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For the concept of this piece, we want to talk about the existance of human being and the reaction from the environment. The CO2 cause the glaciers melting is exactly the type of gas we breathout mostly. The CO2 we breathout is 95 times than the environment. Climate change has been a difficult chanllenge and people are struggling about the balance of development and climate protection. The effect will never be erased only if people are extinct. So the question is how to find the dynamic balance.

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Panorama of the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet at dawn, John Brown

For this project, Shivanku and I found John Brown's photography while we were doing research. The amazing landscape lead us to focus on Alaska’s Glacier Bay. It is home to over 100,000 glaciers, 95% of which are currently thinning.


"How obvious and directly related to human action does the impact of climate change have to be, for people to finally understand the gravity of the situation"


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