Air Matter

Air Matter


"Air Matter" is an interactive installation which, inspired by traditional pottery, creates a complete new approach to the generation of this craft.
The installation involves physical computing, creative coding and product design to generate visuals in base of the data received by Leap Motion, which detects the hands movement. The vase generated is then transformed into a 3D object file and 3Dprinted.


What have you made?

Air Matter is a multimedia interactive installation composed by a physical console and projected visuals. The display is designed to provide a clean interactive environment and a refined experience.
The whole installation involves physical computing, (Processing) creative coding and product design. The generated visuals are eventually saved as 3D files for 3D printing.

What gave you the initial inspiration?

I have always been fascinated by craft and the possibility to combine it with technology. Also pottery is a creative process strongly linked to physics and trigonometry, which are also paths I love to explore through code.

What is the original idea behind this project?

My ultimate goal with "Air Matter" is to bring people closer to craft and the strong emotional response it generates. In a world in which speed and simplicity are the driven forces of our lives, my aim is to use technology to remind people the power of traditional techniques and artistic practices. I am fascinated by the possibility of using cutting edge technologies to strengthen the connection to our past and traditions but also to create a new kind and conception of craft itself which eveloves as the world does.
Also I want to communicate how technology can be a creative tool able to change the world of interactive art and installations, as it can be used to generate strong feeling and emotions able to enrich the user's person, against a common view of technology as a tool for the production of commercial services only.

How does it work?

A Leap Motion sensor detects the position of the user's hand in the air.
Once the pedal is pushed, a Processing sketch algorithm linked to the sensor and to Adriano Uno generates the pottery visuals through the movement of the user's hand. The parameters of the visuals can be customized by the user through a set of buttons and potentiometers that control thickness, transparency and color of the visual. Finally, the generated pot can be saved as an object file to then be 3D printed.

How long did it take to make it real?

The whole production of "Air Matter", from the idea development to the final product, including design, physical computing and coding, took me two to three months of work.

How did you build it?

I built the console in Parsons wood workshop. The top of the display, as well as the pedal is laser cut onto card and acrylic. The Arduino is soldered to the three potentiometers and connected to the two buttons through breadboards and hard-core wires.
The wood display is designed to contain, hide and connect a Laptop, a projector, the Leap motion sensor and the Arduino components.