Appearing as part of Pop Up Experimenta for the Melbourne Art Fair 2010 August 4-8.
Drawing upon the celebration and ceremony referenced in the title’s association with traditional Chinese Calligraphy, Double Happiness is a reactive light installation that generates an atmosphere of festivity and visual joy. Twin strings of paper lanterns are stretched between wooden posts, presenting an array of random colour fields and pulses of light.
The palette of colours and formation of patterns are drawn from the ether, dictated by electromagnetic interference from the electronics present in the surrounding area. Invisible and ignored, this influence is made perceptible, and left to play out amongst the lanterns.
Double Happiness can be thought of as a kind of lightning rod for the invisible residue we leave behind every day.
An Experimenta commission.
Images by Cake Industries.