Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger, Antenna Design, introduce Firefly, a two-part project augmenting the Anchorage with a fictional presence. Skeletal self-illuminated objects, intended to be perceived as light rather than material, are scattered throughout the Anchorage. By using a Palm OS device, the viewer can be beamed "reactive animations" which complement the particular object (e.g., a skeletal faucet with rippling water or a cage with touch-sensitive fireflies). The trail of objects leads to a grassy slope for viewer relaxation and contemplation of our physical and immaterial world.

Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger have been collaborating under the label Antenna Design, New York since 1997. Their mission is to make the experience of technologically enhanced objects and environments more meaningful and exciting. They are the designers of the new New York City subway trains and the MetroCard vending machines. On a more conceptual side, the two investigate the cultural role of electronically enhanced objects and environments in the form of interactive installations, creating a new aesthetic of technologically mediated experiences.

Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger, Antenna Design

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