January 2023SEC Undergraduate Lounge
Inner Piece takes place in a closed room, isolated from exterior light and sound. Inside, reflective surfaces line the walls—transforming the enclosed space into a disorienting, expansive one. A cloud of reflective shards are suspended in the center of the room, gently responsive to the movement of participants through the room. Ambient light fills the room from above, pulsating to a participant’s heartbeat, captured via a finger heart rate monitor. An atmospheric audio of ambient noise, featuring internal bodily sounds like that of blood flow, plays in the background. This exhibit seeks to explore the dimensions of the self by blurring the line between the internal and external. By being in an environment both subtly and directly reflective of one’s body, the participant can engage with the unfamiliar experience of perceiving themselves—it is in this liminal threshold between self and projected self that one might feel suspended, just like the shards central to the exhibit.
Much like how cupping hands around ears allows one to hear the rushing of their blood, Inner Piece invites a participant to direct their attention inwards. Feel free to take a seat in the middle of the room, shut your eyes, or flit around the space and watch it react to your movement.
TeamLiya Ji ‘23
Julian Li ‘25
Sera McDonald ‘24
This project was part of Conflux Residency 2023: Liminal Interfaces