Between Dimensions

Burning Man and The Crucible, 2014

A collaboration with David Wright, Joel Thompson, Luke Wilson, Evan Glantz, and the Envelope Engineers

Projectors, Monitor, Camera, Steel, Fabric

30' wide, 110' deep, 20' tall

 

“Between Dimensions” is an interactive live video feedback fractal generator based on experiments by James Crutchfield. Two 20’ tall by 30’ wide walls suspend 794 independent projection screens. A camera looks at a monitor while the monitor displays what the camera sees. This creates a loop of video feedback, which allows for the formation of structures. When mirrors are added to the monitor, the structures become increasingly complex. The user has the ability to rotate the camera as well as adjust the distance to the monitor. Depending on the rotation angle and distance, different fractals will be made.


Fractals and the beautiful images that can be made from their structures have captured the attention of the public mind. What differentiates fractals from regular objects is that fractals have non-integer dimensions. In other words, a fractal object has a dimension between the first and second dimension, the second and third dimension, etc. To play and experiment to gain a better understanding of fractals is invaluable; for from the scientific to the esoteric, fractals are woven into the fabric of our world.