In our daily lives, we are exposed to an ever-growing stream of sensory impressions vying for our attention. Two Dutch scientists, Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, have grappled with this issue. In their theory (“Attention Restoration Theory”, A.R.T), they claim that certain patterns in nature relax us and recharge our energy. According to this thesis, an installation has been created at Graz Stadtpark across a length of 200m. The area provides space for relaxation and counteracts the overflow of sensory impressions of the city. “A.R.T.” was also part of the festival “Glow Eindhoven 2016”.
The installation “A.R.T.” is an initiative of the Intelligent Lighting Institute (ILI) at Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) with the participation of Indre Kalinauskaite, Joep LeBlanc, Randi Nuij and Studio Philip Ross. Indre Kalinauskaite is a designer and researcher. Joep Le Blanc is a sound designer. Randi Nuij studies industrial design in Eindhoven. Philip Ross develops interactive light landscapes, has won several design awards and presented his works at various festivals.
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