The Living, Breathing Wall

The Living, Breathing Wall


The Living, Breathing Wall is an interactive installation that moves based on spoken words. The project was made with support from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

How might we imagine a space that can develop an understanding of its users through their sounds and movements and respond accordingly?

This installation is an attempt to address these question through the design of an interactive kinetic wall. One of the main contributions of this work is to explore how a physical environment can change its shape in response to the speech recognition of users.

Close-up of the installation

The central focus is the relationship between materials, form, and interactive systems of control. It is an attempt to explore how simple elements in our surroundings can change their physical configuration as we interact with them. The installation consists of ‘skin’ (Spandex), ‘bones’ (aluminum strands), and ‘muscles’ (shape memory alloy springs) augmented with a ‘brain’ (Arduino microcontroller, and Kinect).

Participant interacting with the installation

Design process of the project.


Design: Behnaz Farahi

Photographer: Laura Cechanowicz

Performer: Nicole Ives

The Living, Breathing Wall live performance
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