Interview with one of the IAMDISPLAY-Teammember Gijs Burgmeijer:
The I AM Display project was born as a collaboration between Valentin Heun (Germany), Sagarika Sundaram (India) and Gijs Burgmeijer (the Netherlands) during the Palomar 5 residency towards the end of 2009 in Berlin.
Our common interest for information technology, art and design is what shaped this project the most.
We would like to especially thank Simon Kowalewski for his brilliant work on electronics and programming and Pippin Wigglesworth, Jessica Altenburger and Jay Cousins for doing everything in their power to help realising this project.
I Am Display is a light installation that plays with the perceptions of its audience. It explores the equilibrium between our senses, our bodies and our surroundings.
There is a sense of inverted communication between man and this man-made machine. It is bigger than our huge screens. It is higher then us and longer than our cars. And instead of doing what we tell it to do, this display does something with us. The viewer experiences a confrontation with a light display. If the display could speak, every word it says would be shouted.
A hand-made object with hand-made electronics, I Am Display measures 2,5 m x 13 m and consists of 182 fluorescent tube lights, delivering 10.000 watts of pure experience.