Imagine yourself wandering through an art museum. Still life paintings and art deco sculptures greet you around each corner. And then you stumble upon a dimly-lit room that seems to beckon to you.
You can't tell whether it's the scent of your mother's apple pie on the gentle breeze emanating from the room, or the flickers of light and movement near the ceiling that attract you. You're in the room now. You find yourself moving closer and closer to the myriad shapes which hang from the rafters. You're nearly below the closest of them when it moves, setting off a cascade of light, motion and scents throughout the room. If it was a real predator, you'd be lunch.
This is the sort of experience which visitors to the espace EDF foundation in Paris can expect (until September 1st, at least). Canadian artist Phillip Beesley's installation there, dubbed "Radiant Soil," is a reactive canopy of light, motion and smells that only ever shows its true beauty when you're standing below it. To accomplish this feat, Beesley has constructed numerous fixtures which each contain whole "tribes" of arduinos which send out impulses to breathing pores, lights and motors. To catch a glimpse of what it feels like to stand beneath Radiant Soil, check out the video and image gallery below.