On the rooftop of one of the tallest buildings in Brazil, the citizens of São Paulo can rediscover their city from a new perspective thanks to Guto Requena’s Sensitive Star – an interactive installation that is part of his continuing research into how digital technologies are strongly related to emotions.
The unique location for this illuminated beacon is the helipad atop the 170-m-tall Mirante do Vale Building. The star-shaped structure reacts to stimuli of movement via a series of sensors, and responds with changing light and sound. As a larger-than-life musical instrument, it is set to input visitors’ body movements, mixing them with a soundscape.
‘The rooftop offers a 360-degree view and gives us a strong connection to the scale of the city,’ comments the designer. ‘Landing this Sensitive Star is a symbolic gesture to invite the audience to play with the emotional landscapes present in historical downtown São Paulo and the memory around it.’
The installation allows anyone to generate music using their own body, experiencing their own city in a whole new sensorial way. The elevated positioning of this observation platform is a key aspect of the project, as it is the all-round view of the city’s daily transformation, its chaos and its vastness that impacts the participants. This is a truly immersive experience, as Requena explains: ‘It is about shaping memories, showing how beautiful my city can be – São Paulo has its beauty in a non-obvious way, the beauty is everywhere but it’s hidden. Digital interactive technologies are a strong tool to design this experience and to connect us to one another.’
Photos Pedro Kok
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