EYEDROPPER FILL’S ‘AQUARIA’ PRESENTS AN UNDERWATER WORLD OF VARIOUS SCENES THAT FLUCTUATE WITH CLIMATIC CONDITIONS
After the Dreamscape Project II was called off last year, Eyedropper Fill returned with AQUARIA, a lighting installation that was briefly exhibited on the 18th and 19th of February 2017 at Habito Mall, Sukhumvit 77. The project was initiated when Sansiri, a mega real-estate developer contacted the studio to create a show for Sansiri Market Fest. The first idea the team came up with was a simulation of the inside of a womb to render the unprecedented experience that, despite having been inside, none of us really remember what it was like. But, ultimately, the idea couldn’t be materialized due to the reason that it was too complicated to play with not to mention the fact that it would be impossible to have all the viewers walking through the confined space of a tunnel made of fabric.
After a number of experiments, the team found that superimposed layers of thin fabric caused the light projected on its surface to become more dimensional as the material created interesting movements when touched by the wind. The theme ‘underwater world’ was picked up on as the project’s concept in order for the work to be more accessible to the family audience with visuals of different scenes of the underwater world alternating with the fluctuating climatic conditions. Despite the rather short period of the exhibition, the show, which ran from 18.30 to 21.50, garnered quite overwhelming interest from the audience with the seats being fully booked up on both days and many returning to see the exhibit for a second time. It’s a shame that Sansiri didn’t really take the show to where it could be. With only one projector being used and the rather large space, viewers didn’t feel subsumed by the spectacle of light. The work could have ended up being more compelling if the source of light had come from more than one direction and utilized a greater use of reflections including special effects such as smoke and wind.
TEXT: NAPAT CHARITBUTRA