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The Growth Ring Diary

Art Installation

The Growth Ring Diary is an interactive installation that records one’s undetected emotions, growing toward the light and never-ending; helps people slow down their pace of life to savor beautiful but undetected emotions. 

OVERVIEW

4 weeks (2018.09)

Adviser: Danqing Shi

RESULT

2021 Macau Design Award
Participated in the Interaction Art Workshop in SIM at Massart
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TERMINAL

PC
Arduino
Processing
Light Sensor
Kinect
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CONCEPT

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The Growth Ring Diary is an interactive installation which can track your emotion and record your journal.

All you need to do is type or speak your journal

into it and it will gradually spirally appear on the Growth Ring word by word.

 

After the Growth Ring Diary has grown fully with

your journal sentences, you can savor your

undetected emotions. Your fingertips can move around the Growth Ring Diary at will to enlarge the text.

 

Additionally, because both human and growth

rings were highly dependent on sunlight to thrive, I embedded a light sensor on the Growth Ring Diary. The color and speed will change based on the light around the environment.

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VIDEO

Video duration: 2'18''

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INSPIRATION

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Tree rings

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I love to spend time with natural objects, and the yearning of the tree stump next to my home always creates an awe of time.

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Diary

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Occasionally, went through a

previous written journal and read

past feelings from the contents.

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Phonograph

Love the phonograph because it

seems to be a sentimental old man,

reading music at a leisurely pace.

I wanted to create an installation that would record my diary and then grow it slowly like an annual cycle.

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KEY FEATURE

·TYPE WHAT YOU WANT AT ANY TIME

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You can input anything at any time on our platform, which includes your feelings, your encounters,

your thoughts, your creative points, etc. After clicking “OK”, the canvas will then slowly spiral to grow what you have written. You can wander past emotions and amplify them by wandering over what was once written. 

·GROWS WITH LIGHT

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It grows with the light, the brighter the environment, the faster it grows.
The
darker the environment, the slower it grows.

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EXHIBITION

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PROCESS

·MULTIPLE TRIALS AND ITERATIONS BY USING PROCESSING and ARDUINO

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2. Compile the spiral growth

line, random generation

of morphological changes.

1. Sketch

4. Compile the spiral growth characters and lines.

3. Compile the spiral growth characters.

5. Compile the text and lines

that grow in a spiral, with

the lines existing in the

absence of input. The color

gradually lightens from the

inside out.

6. Adjust the overall word spacing and line spacing to solve the problem of lines that are too neat and unnatural.

7. Adapting to different languages such as Chinese character.

8. Light sensors are used to transmit changes in ambient light and control its growth speed.

·COMBINATION OF PROCESSING AND ARDUINO

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Processing

Sensor Light

Arduino Uno

Arduino Serial Send

Leap motion

Processing: With the signals from Arduino and leap motion, the processor generates relevant

interaction effects, and outputs the result onto the projectors.

Relevant libraries: processing.video.*, guru.ttslib.*,  ddf.minim.*, controlP5.*, processing.opengl.*,

leapmotion for p5.

Leap motion: Used the leap motion as the input device for hand gestures.

Arduino: Used the light sensor on Arduino’s board to detect change of light.

Scene: projector map the effects on the wall and the desk.

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FEEDBACKS & IN THE FUTURE

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1, Continue to improve and develop the web in the future, creating a larger shared Growth Ring Diary that can hold a variety of people's stories, after which everyone will be able to upload and view content on the site.

 

2, Continue to add to the national language libraries and make it accessible to more countries.