A Long Distance Lamp (Version 01)


What I am intending to do and why.

Long distance relationships are tough. There are many technologies that help to alleviate some of the difficulties of distance, such as video calling, instant messaging, even connected devices that simulate physical touching. Yet long distances remain hard.

The solutions above all require an ‘active’ participation, each person must be engaged in the video call, or on the message thread, or with the physical device.

With this project I posit there is a space for more passive presence, a subtle “I’m here, but not active”. My partner and I enjoy simply reading in bed next to each other, each minding there own business but aware of and comfortable with the other’s presence.

The ideal end goal of this project is a pair of connected reading lights, with each light giving subtle and noninterruptive cues that the other lamp is present. I also intend to offer the possibility of subtle interaction, similar to a light brush of the arm or momentary eye contact.

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Light Observation Week 5

The first thing I notice here is how bright the clouds appear. This is certainly an artefact of the camera as I do not recall the clouds being this bright – even with glowy New York underneath.

This clip records 1 frame every 60 seconds. The timelapse accentuates some sort of flickering during the night on the street – I’m venturing that it is the lights of the ground floor apartments but that is a guess.

There’s a beautiful short moment around second 8 where the brightness of the sky descends towards the horizon. a soft line in the sky between pink and blue becomes a hard shadow on the ground a moment later

The glittery window reflections make an interesting pattern on the building across at around the 30 second mark.