A Light Show Folds In on an Origami Projection Screen

New media designer Steven T. Wong's kinetic/geometric sculpture plays off the principles of rigid origami folding.

By applying the rigid principles of origami folding to projection mapping, Vietnamese-American new media designer Steven T. Wong has constructed a new kind of screen in the form of a geometric kinetic sculpture. Known as Memesis, Wong's project utilizes a system of pulleys that shift flat white panels in and out, bending them in tandem with the motion graphics being projected onto the folding screen.

Wong believes his work challenges the notion that screens are passive, static surfaces. In the sculpture’s video documentation (below), Wong explains, “Here, the surfaces dance too, in tandem with the lights, casting their own shadows —both real and virtual—while influencing how the lights cast upon them move too.” The patterns and folding mechanics of the piece are, according to Wong, based on a parametric pattern of Miura-ori and 'V' pleat cell units, folding techniques, and crease patterns that give this sculpture its shape. As evidenced below, these patterns and shapes are revealed through moving panels, and controlled by a small network of nylon strings and suspended counterweights that fold the panels and push them back into place. Check out Memesis below:

For more of Stephen T. Wong’s work, including extensive process and making-of documentation of Memesisclick here.


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