Original post: http://desirabilitylab.com/2018/03/05/challenge-5-stargate/ Stargate: n. a portal that permits nearly instantaneous travel from one universe to another. And we’ve brought one down to Earth. This public art installation — a collection of lights and sounds suspended in a dark subway stairwell — transforms the way people travel. Between rushed commutes and claustrophobic spaces, Stargate is (quite literally) light at the end of the tunnel. And we all know that travel become faster and smoother when your mind is in the right place. But travel also becomes slower. Stargate’s lights and sounds are synchronized with traffic flow, so that commuters have a sense of meaning and connectedness during their busiest (and often loneliest) of moments. Sometimes the best thing we can do when we’re in a rush is to stop. The bottom line: Stargate brings awe to a mundane transition point — encouraging people to appreciate the journey, not just the destination. WHAT MAKES STARGATE AWE-INSPIRING? It’s an aesthetic experience. With lights that pulse as people walk by, Stargate is visually striking — tracing paths that would otherwise be invisible to us. It’s also is also an auditory experience, with a simple melody playing that crescendos and diminishes in time with people’s movement. It’s a meaningful experience. We associate the universe with wonder and the unknown. Space is vast and beyond our comprehension, and much like awe, it connects us through time, distance, and geography. Here, we’ve brought vastness into a space that’s closed. It’s an emotional experience. Sometimes, we just want to feel connected here on Earth. Stargate helps us see how humans can move beautifully even in small spaces, and how our small movements connect to something larger. Paths, connections, crowding, solitude — they’re all worth noticing. UPDATES: the stairwell will be pressure-sensitive, lighting up to illuminate the paths people take before gradually fading away. In this way, the paths that we take, their interconnected nature, will be made explicit. This way, we’ll be able to physically see how our own paths relate to this greater whole in a manner such that the way we view traveling and our daily routes may transform into a novel, meaningful, and reflective experience (instead of Stargate being merely just a public art installation). In addition, before, our deliverable was a single image, but I’ve also expanded that into a breakdown of our problem space, concept, and how Stargate actually might work (based off feedback that the logistics behind our idea could be better outlined).