spatial work


Chordal Distance

Chordal Distance is an multi media installation about
exploring psychological and physical tension between people
and expressing through music.

type: sound / spatial installation
partner: Sylvan Zheng
date: Dec 15-16
itp 19’ Winter Show


Equilibrilium of Forces.

Everything in this world forms its own state of equilibrium. The form is defined by the result of finding a balance of multiple forces surrounding them.

In the process of developing this installation, we focused on the idea of finding balance through negotiating physical equilibrium.

Interactivity happens before the conversation. People instantly know when they feel or touch. 

This handle was to stimulate the tangible interaction of physical forces. The elastic band gives a playfulness of the interactivity, while functions well enough as a medium to convey the pulling forces.

Installation and Music

Two wooden handles are suspended at chest height, connected to retractable string vertically.


Before playing the instrument, the participants are given simple instruction to slowly pull on the handles. The linearity of both handles is read as a part of the vertical string of the whole installaion. This gives access to the participants to come in and start playing by just grabbing suspended handles. And as the participants explore the tension and the music, the string creates different shapes and scapes around the center of the suspension.

Design Process

to find out more about the making of handles : ︎Enclosures︎

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