Thesis Info

Thesis Title
Now and There - a Tangible Weather Channel
Yu-Cheng Hsu
2nd Author
3rd Author
Number of Pages
Rhode Island School of Design
Thesis Supervisor
Bill Seaman
Supervisor e-mail
bseaman AT
Other Supervisor(s)
Teri Rueb, Anne West, John Klima
Language(s) of Thesis
Department / Discipline
Digital Media
Languages Familiar to Author
English, Chinese, Taiwanese
URL where full thesis can be found
Weather, mixed-reality, continuum, tangible interfaces, information representation, portal, phenomenology, now.
Abstract: 200-500 words
The capability of creating a continuum between the physical and virtual through media technology has implied a new relationship among the body, perception, space and time. The media installation Now and There - a Tangible Weather Channel explores architectural and phenomenological potentials and implications of this continuum. From an architectural perspective, the physical envelope has the tendency to evolve itself into a portal connecting our bodies with other tele-networked spaces and to liberate ourselves from the captivity of the physically-bound surroundings. From a phenomenological perspective, our perception of "now and here" might just as well be "now and there", in both temporal and spatial senses. By materializing weather dynamics on intimate sites to mediate what occurs in another place, Now and There - a Tangible Weather Channel encourages the participant to establish links with his or her experiential memories of a specific place and to create a sense of closeness to loved ones via touch and contemplation. Through constellations of light, water, air, sound, and computer graphics, the installation investigates the experiential and performative aspects of information representation, and interrelationship among material, meaning, memory and perception, while a set of poetic associations is triggered and is evocative in their own manner.