Cinimod Studio and Dominic Harris made “Ice Angel,” an interactive LED screen that gives you wings when you flap your arms around like a bird. Super cool in theory, but in practicality the message gets a little garbled. As you can see from the video below, what’s keeping participants from enjoying it fully is the half-second lag. As this audience member quickly realizes, the lag seems to go away if you go really, really, really slowly. But what kind of angel wants to move slowly? No human angel, that’s for sure. Seems like something that could be fixed.
Here’s what the creators had to say:
“Ice Angel blends the act of youthful playfulness when creating snow angels with modern digital manipulations,making the viewer assume the role of both performer and portrait subject.
As the user moves their arms a new wing shape appears, unfurling from the shoulders, moving and displacing virtual snow. The wings are created dynamically and are linked to the participant. The artwork has a ‘memory’, capturing a hidden view of the participant and their angel wings, and this specific angel identity remains linked to that participant in any future encounters with the artwork.
The merging of angel mythology and the natural phenomenon of light travelling to earth creates an intriguing intersection. In modern terms, light is our messenger, allowing us to view the universe. An angel’s form is inherently human, yet an angel always originates from beyond.”