Daan Roosegaarde at D'Days

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France.

June 2016
For the D'Days festival in Paris, Daan Roosegarde has made an interactive installation evoking a forest where the tips of branches glow in the dark, its LEDs brightening according to people's sounds and movements. Presented at the Musée des Art Décoratifs, the site-specific piece, Dune, occupies an entire room and is organised like a meander. When it is empty, the room appears completely black as the LEDs only come on when visitors enter the space and walk around it. Roosegaarde, who describes the project as an “interactive landscape”, previously presented it at the 18th Art Biennale of Sydney in 2012 and alongside the Maas River in Rotterdam.
The 36-year-old Dutch designer has been researching the relationship between man and space through technology and light for the past decade, making a diversity of pieces that he calls “techno-poetry”. Several other such examples are also on show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
There are two short, halter-neck dresses, Intimacy White and Intimacy Black – designed in collaboration with V2_, Maartje Dijkstra and Anouk Wipprecht – that are made of strips of “e-foils”. As a visitor approaches, the e-foils become increasingly transparent, the level of transparency being directly related to the proximity of a human being. Sensual and playful, the project is about intimacy and technology.
The final piece is a round silvery object, composed of a geometric design of triangles. As one approaches, the light inside begins to glow and the piece transforms into a warmth-emitting, red ball of light.