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Ensō 

A light and sound installation exploring the meditative concept of 'being in the moment'.

Project Information

Staging - Experience Design Project

Project Mentor

Dr. Jignesh Khakhar,

Suvani Suri

Role

Research

Design

Prototyping

Medium

Light, Sound, Ice, water, Electroluminescent wire, clutch cable, metal vessel


Dimensions variable

Special Thanks

Ranjeet Singh Solanki

Exhibited at Annual Design Show 2020

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Being in the present moment, or the “here and now,” means that we are aware and mindful of what is happening at this very moment. ​​​​​​​

 

This installation explores the meditative concept of emptiness or fullness, presence or absence

An attempt to help us ‘be’ in the moment.

How it works

One can stand in its presence and focus on the falling drops of water.

 

As the ice melts, the falling drops hit the resonating surface of the vessel below. These melting droplets create a rhythmic sound that captures the viewer’s attention and makes them feel aware and present. In the end, all that remains is light.

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Both light and water are profound elements found in nature. These elements compose the Installation. 

Material: Ice

Ice; frozen water.

Water is fluid and has endless possibilities but when crystallized, those possibilities become limited.

The Installation explores the concept of different states of water. ​​​​​​​ 

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Material: Electroluminiscent wire

Light as a metaphor.

It engages the viewer's perception while being suspended in the air holding the ice together.

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Sound

The falling droplets create a rhythmic sound.

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Material: Stainless steel 

The Installation explores the sound quality of water droplets when they fall onto a metal receptacle. 

Metal vessel of the right resonance to create a rhythmic sound was chosen to simulate the sound experience.

 

* Due to time and manufacturing limitations, a smaller vessel with the correct resonance was used.

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Research

Understanding the concept of meditation followed by literature study and precedents study. 

 

  • Secondary Research 

    • Literature Review​

  • Primary Research 

    • Personal Interviews​

    • Behavioral Observations

    • Lived Experience

 

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Ideation 

Few ideas were taken forward and prototyped before finalising.

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Concept Development

After ideating and prototyping different concepts, the idea of using ice as metaphor was explored and taken further.

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Making

Material and form explorations. Prototyping and installing the final prototype.

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