Lyt_A is an installation, an instrument and a translation medium in one. It is a mechatronic, semi-flexible structure that can transmit haptic information on a distance: when the structure is touched on one site, the touch will be visible and touchable on the other. Touch, the most intimate of our five senses, is often used as a reality-check; what I can touch is real. Touch is an ultimately interactive communication medium: the one who touches is being touched as well…

The installation consists of two identical, mirrored walls that are placed far away from each other. Placing the two structures in distant locations encourages the visitors to play with each other by manipulating the structures with their hands and bodies, learning about each other’s shapes through touch. Visitors’ touches remain as shape-traces in the memory of the installation. In moments of low activity, the installation brings the traces back to the surface of the structures.

Lyt_A was developed for Phaeno, the Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany.