INnersense is a sensory light installation that forms the basis of an ongoing ‘Archive of Atmospheres’. The work is inspired by what I experience as disappearing atmospheres; slow or complicated moods such as melancholy or whimsy that requires time or time spent alone. It seems there is hardly any space or time for these atmospheres in today’s society with its constant busy-ness and distractions. The work seeks to create the experience of these fading moods and preserve them in a growing ‘archive of atmospheres’.
I was very curious to place the work on location in public space, where people can encounter it outside of a theatre or gallery context. The first installment found its place in the 2017-18 edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival. This installation creates three atmospheres- intoxication; a bit exciting, a bit nervous, the fluttery feeling in your stomach, giddiness and delight. Comfort; the feeling you get sitting on the couch with a cup of tea and the cat purring in your lap, and Melancholy; a sweet sadness, standing alone at the window watching the rain fall outside. They were housed in a translucent space, which emphasised the movement from watching the light changes from outside, to experiencing their effects inside the space. The public could move between the different compositions, creating their own atmospheric journey.