Dana Elkis

Senior Designer, 2020 - Current
DSI - Design System International

ITP, NYU Research Fellow, 
Design specialist, 2020-2022
Fresh grad of 2020 by AIGA, NY

Reflective Landscapes 

Role Physical Computing, fabricating and design
For ITP - Winter show
Date January 2018 
Type Interaction Design

In collaboration with Matt Ross
Our inspiration and goal for this project is to create an effective metapho and medium for the term “echo” as it relates to music. In music, echo can be defined as a “repetition or mimicking of a certain passage, usually with less force and volume than the original statement”.

We have implemented this concept by building a 3 x 2 ft box containing  diffused window overlooking a large (700 pixel) LED matrix, with 5 to 7 slider positioned on the x and y axis of the box.  As users move these sliders, they are able to “create” echos. Those echos begin spreading through the matrix,
emitting sound as they move and grow. If users mov the sliders in such a way that the echos “collide” they will be absorbed into each others’ feedback loops, thus creating a new, larger sound in the network and introducing more complexity in the visual/audio feedback. Multiple peopl can interact with our project at once.  Our goal is to create a novel experience, not an instrument that one can “master”.

We are purposefully foregoing detailed instructions on how to use our creation as our goal is to get people to explore all the possibilities within our system.

More about the process >