For Nothing : Creating Illusions final, I want to create a site-specific installation.

It will be installed at 721 Broadway, Sub-basement, in a dark room.
People will be led down to the basement of the building, then walk down a staircase into the sub-basement, the guts of Tisch.

The room will be entirely dark, only faintly seeing a crack of light shining from a door up a staircase that seems longer than it really is, using optical depth illusions. The light shining through will imitate a sort of infinity.

Design Process
Designing an optical illusion staircase that makes the room seem bigger, longer than it really is.
Designing a light that imitates infinity.


Fabrication Process

The door, wall, and staircase will be the part where I will fabricate from thick foam cardboard.
Making sure every part is sealed, and light will only come through when the door is opened.
Materials needed: Foam cardboard, door nob, tape,

The "infinity light" illusion will be created by mixing 2 colors of light, (light blue and light pink), diffused by a silk screen or diffusive sheet, so the audience cannot tell the origin of the light source.
Materials needed: projector or other light source, diffusive sheet

photo taken at home, using 2 different Hue lights creating an "infinity" look.

photo taken at home, using 2 different Hue lights creating an "infinity" look.



Building a tent that exists in an alternative reality.
Where an imaginary conflict/war is on play.

What does the tent look like?
Where will it be placed?
What is inside it?


this is a project research in collaboration with Grau Puche.
the concept started as building a pendulum that has distorts the perception of time. during the process the design and features of the piece changed and iterated. in the end, for the mid term presentation, we built an unruly pendulum.

visual and mechanical references: 

Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson

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sketches of design 1 and 2
cnc wood case and backdrop + mirror pendulum + steel rod


                         will update the image



design 1 prototype 1
right when we started prototyping the pendulum and see how to connect it with a stepper motor, we realized we didn't have enough time to experiment with unfamiliar materials this time. so we used left over acrylic. we had to study the swing movement of the pendulum, and test how long the arm of the pendulum was and how heavy the stepper motor could handle. below is the first prototype of the pendulum.


design 3 prototype 1



*work still in progress, updating on Feb 15th afternoon.




for this two week exercise, teaming up with Grau, we decided to play with shapes that appear to be oddly balanced, but balanced. A shape that is created by multiple other shapes.

step 000
pinned down the shape we wanted to realize, found in book Structural Packaging. This is a shape that is consisted of two cubes colliding into each other on a slight angle.



step 001
we traced the 2D model off the book with normal printing paper on the ratio of 1:1, cutting and folding along the lines.

step 003
folding the shape into 3D.

step 004
this was when the actual beginning of this exercise begun. we needed to translate the paper to a thicker material, which means calculating the measurements that also considers 1/8'' thickness.
question : we did this with a pure mathematical method on paper. is there a software that can calculate material thickness and give out 3D/2D dimensions easily?


step 005
after the first calculation, we decided to prototype and see if the measurements work in 3D. we used 1/8'' cardboard, created an illustrator file and used the laser cutter.

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result :