2005 – Smoke

Your cigarette smoke has a surprising effect on a dancer in this interactive window display.

2005 - Smoke » Intro

‘Smoke’ is an interactive window display where your cigarette smoke alters and eventually renders meaningless a recorded solo dance performance.

Group Members

Chris Cummings
Timothy Mohn
Mohit SantRam

Choreography by Zach Morris
Dancer : Marissa Nielson-Pincus

‘Smoke’ is an interactive window display where cigarette smoke transforms a recorded video of a solo dance piece. Designed to be installed in a window outside a dance studio or performance space, Smoke is motivated by and reflects upon the prevalence of smoking in the dance community. Participating in the installation requires that a user smoke a cigarette, but continued transformation of the video eventually renders the image meaningless.

2005 - Smoke » Research

In what social, physical and geographical context would the installation have the greatest impact? How will the subject matter influence the mode of presentation?

Dance Theatre Workshop

The Venue

The intended location of the installation is the lobby of Dance Theatre Workshop on West 19th Street. We chose the location because of the close relationship that exists between people inside and outside the wall of windows that face 19th street. West 19th street also experiences an abundance of foot traffic, as people walk down it to visit nearby Chesea restaurants, galleries and clubs.

Dance Theatre Workshop is also a centerpoint of the dance community, not just a performance space. Because of that, it is an ideal context in which to display this piece.

2005 - Smoke » Sensor Design

The sensor evolves

Designing a sensor that communicated it’s function to visitors was a major challenge. What does a device that is meant to have smoke blown at it to control a video look like?
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2005 - Smoke » Hardware Design

The bits and pieces

How could we communicate from a sensor on the outside of a window to a display inside? How would we develop the video presentation?
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2005 - Smoke » Installation

The piece was originally displayed at ITP’s 2005 Winter Show, in a Waverley Street display window. Read more for user testing observations.
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