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

“A sound installation that explores the relationship between two people by connecting the physical act of pulling to music.”

As the two participants negotiate their mutual physical equilibrium music responds to the surges in tension, releases, and twists highlighting the nature of their relationship. While the installation affords this personal experience to the participants it also serves as a performance for a larger audience to engage with.

Two wooden handles hang suspended at chest height, connected to each other with a simple band.

We invite participants to explore the subtle musical shifts in tone and harmonic texture throughout the varying positions and tensions afforded by the installation.

Wooden handles, redwood, carved and varnished.

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.

installed in space

Sail/Waves 1 — postcard design

Soundscape and the space


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.

Participants in higher tension, 

playful tension

Design Process /
to find out more about the making of handles Enclosures︎

partner: Mark Matamoros
type: art object, interactive
date: Oct 30 2019


“Shadow Box” is an interactive shadow puppertry box where the interactivity is conducted by the gaze of the viewer.

In the house of nine rooms, nine incoherent scenes are taking place.
As you move on your attention, you create your own interpretation of the cinematic experience.

Inspired by brownstone houses in Brooklyn, I always imagined and fascinated by different stories that could be happening in each familiar looking houses. 

Similarly, the telescopic view is a analogy of our subjective perspective that makes up our perception of the world.

System Diagram

Inside the box: an accelerometer, arduino uno, led strip, and facade of a house with 9 rooms.

from left to right:
1. an outer box with sub led light to give an atomsphere of the house.

2. an accelerometer and arduino uno lighting up each rooms accordingly to the direction of each cells.

3. back piece with reflective tape to concentrate light source, two power supplies.
For interactivity to work effectively, we chose to use accelerometer and attached below the telescope.

Interactivity and Interpretation

By looking into a peephole, the audience is exposed to 9 disparate scenes.
While spectators move on to the different scenes, each builds their own narratives. 

Dear Diary

“Dear Diary” is a p5 sketch of my diary.
It is a visualization of stream of consciousness using giphy api and p5.text library.



I pulled out my online journal blog that I’ve been keeping up for 5 years. I have been journaling since I was 13. And it’s one thing that I have been doing my whole life and affected me a lot through out the years. I still have regular journal, but the reason why I started writing it online is the ability to write fast enough that I could document volatility of emotions and stream of consciousness.

I write this blog in three occasions: 1. For photo journaling, describing little moments of the day that was funny to me, and I’m too lazy to write it on paper. 2. When I had too much going on in my life and trying to summarize what happened over the week. 3. When accumulation of life stuff gives me enlightenment, and I feel the urge to document abstract feelings.

The problem about my journal was that it is in 2.x languages (Korean, English, French, Gibberish, My own way of describing things..). I exported all the post in pdf form, pulled out just the texts, and then translated via Google translate. Then I used Text Analyzer to see the result. 

Here are some of the analysis.

© ymchoi 2019