Exterminia attempts to represent the way that the actions of human beings are directly influencing climate change and explores the impact on the planet’s oceans, marine life and coral reefs.
Climate change, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, has increased the temperature of the oceans, which in recent years has led to massive coral-bleaching events. These events have given rise to predictions that, unless action is taken now, the planet could lose three-quarters of its coral reefs by 2050.
The installation consists of a seat, an organic shape that is an abstract interpretation of a sea creature. It is bathed in soft coloured lights that create an effect similar to the bioluminescence of marine creatures; however, when a visitor sits down, sensors signal a change and the colours begin to desaturate and dilute from the sitting spot. The longer a person is sitting, the more the ‘bleaching’ happens; but when the visitor starts to retreat, the colours begin to return to full luminescence.
Exterminia has been constructed using alternating timber and acrylic panels, machined using CNC (Computer Numerical Control) precision manufacturing tools. The materials are arranged in rows to create a curved structure around a cavity, which houses the lighting and sensor components. The clear acrylic panels are sandwiched between the timbers to create a bright reflection of the interior LED strips and set up a powerful lighting rhythm.
This installation is Nila's personal response to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) and its draft agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in a bid to slow the pace of global warming.
This Project was fully designed and manufactured by Nila Rezaei, with the lighting and interaction programmed by Nathan Adler.
Dispersion aims to encourage the act of making a positive change within the context of climate change. Focusing on the catastrophic Oil Spills around the globe, the mirror utilises a forced interaction to evoke a moment of contemplation about the pervasive toxicity that can result from human oil exploration and extraction. The interaction is initialised through a wind sensor located on top of the frame, encouraging the user to participate in the act of ‘Repair’ by blowing into the sensor.
The interactive mirror is coated with two types of black thermochromatic pigment mixed with resin, which visibly transforms to become clear when heated. A custom made heating system is attached behind the mirror which activates via the blow sensor.
Artists: Selena Griffith (Australia) / Edison Chen (Australia) / Nila Rezaei (Australia) / Nathan Adler (Australia)
LOVE YOU is a giant illuminated heart-shaped ‘Love-O-Meter’ that delivers a playful, participatory and often hilarious take on expressions of love.
The artists describe the concept behind the installation as “a sideshow-alley competition that meets Las Vegas wedding-chapel aesthetics.” It encourages couples to publicly declare their love by standing opposite each other on a highly visible podium and shouting ‘I LOVE YOU’ in unison, in order to fill a giant heart with as much light (love) as possible.
The reward for the couples is visual, with the serious nature of their declaration subverted by the enjoyment derived from their very public display of affection amplified in light. The louder or more intense their declarations of love, the brighter and more colourful are the patterns produced on the heart.
This project is deliberately corny and kitsch, encouraging shameless performance, silliness and romance. Human competitiveness inevitably kicks in and couples try to outperform others with their screaming declarations.
The artists’ aim is to create a playful, fun, exciting and interactive way of communicating a very intimate feeling. When the couples participating shout out their love before a large audience, the experience may (somehow) bring them closer as the see the intensity of their love literally lighting up the skies.
Folded is a modular shell for pendant light with a truth to a beautiful material; paper. it can be easily folded and wrapped around a simple pendant light bulb or a table light stand, to create a beautiful light for any indoor space.
inspired by origami and paper folding art, this shell is a very flexible and easy to be transformed into several forms, whilst keeping the rigid structure. The one and only material of this design is paper which can easily be recycled and re-used.
Sensorb is a pair of interactive lights that aims to connect those who are emotionally attached but physically apart. Enabling the user to send and receive 'light' from each other, creating a sense of emotional re-assurance, the objects will help those who suffer from distance anxiety.
Utilising sensor based technologies and micro-controllers enables the object to synchronise and mimic each other from a distance, translate movement into a lighting pattern and create a feeling of reassurance.
Sensorb is a collaboration between designers, Nila Rezai and Sarajayne Samra and engineer Nathan Adler. It is currently under development for a market ready product.
Connectivity is a brooch, aiming to reflect on the endless connections among several elements of our life. This was explored through geometry and form of the piece as well as methods of construction. The overall design was inspired by the 'Network'.
Materials: Perspex, Sterling Silver, Nickel Silver.
Date: June 2014.
'We are all connected to each other and are having effect on one another'
Contour is a table object which can also be interpreted as a 3d puzzle. Inspired by Peter Stutchbury's contour house, this interactive piece emphasises on honest design, keeping the originality of the material and form.
Placed in the shared living room, the puzzle aims to bring together individual members of a house and transform the experience of sharing a mutual space.
Materials: Local Jarrah timber, Brass sheets.
Date: June 2015