LEIKHĒN is an audiovisual installation, created for the Immersive Lab (IL) at ICST (Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology) Zurich which consists of a panoramic video made by four video screens arranged in a cylindrical form, in addition to a full-scale interaction surface, which tracks the visitors’ touch from behind the screens using infrared cameras.
The installation was inspired by the composite plant of lichen (from Greek: leikhēn), which is the result of a hybrid partnership between a fungus and an alga. The installation is therefore a reflection upon the interaction and mutualistic relationship between two organisms, and how this union impacts on their behaviours inside a created audiovisual immersive space.
In addition to some limited edition stills from this series of works, here you get exclusively a digital animation (GIF) with 4 selected lichens. All images were digitally photographed in their original natural environment and used for the screen touch interaction in the installation LEIKHEN.
Here you can see the photographs from the GIF as a preview: