Earth Module is a multi-faceted dome structure with room for one person that uses infinity mirror effects and subtle, organic lighting patterns to evoke the night sky. Contained within a small tent, which opens above into the vastness of space, its form is inspired by the interior of the Apollo 11 lunar module.
The Module takes you on a short journey from earth, with light patterns based on models of atmospheric scintillation - starlight twinkling as it passes through different layers of turbulent atmosphere. Through the chaos, a rhythm emerges and the pulsating stars coalesce into a bright mass, briefly revealing the module's form before it disappears into darkness.
Earth Module features over 500 individually addressable LEDs representing stars, running along each edge of the dome and reflected many times over in the mirror faces. 3 fadecandy drivers take instructions from custom Python software running a looping sequence on a Raspberry Pi. The installation is water and dust-proof for indoor and outdoor exhibiting.
Exhibited alongside Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon at Sherborne Abbey and Nothe Fort, Dorset in July 2019, where thousands of people were able to experience a trip in the Module as part of Dorset Moon's 'Under the Moon' programme.
Produced by Activate's Inside Out Dorset Festival, b-side festival and Bournemouth Arts by the Sea festival. Commissioned by Arts Development Company's Culture+ programme, funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund.
Concept, design, construction: Matilda Skelton Mace Light programming: Barney Gale
Two concentric wooden domes, poplar plywood, perspex, mirror styrene, mirror film, individually addressable LED strips, curtains, tent, chair, custom circuitry in waterproof casing, 3 x fadecandy, raspberry pi, power supply.