Reflex

Reflex is a permanent, interactive installation consisting of stainless steel mirrors, springs, bungee cords, reflex hammers, pressure sensors and a micro-controller. It’s located at Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s new “Treehouse” residence hall in a cafe off of the main lobby. When a person sits on the bench a sensor is activated that sends a signal to the micro-controller, which randomly selects a hammer to strike the side of a spring, causing a ripple across the wall. The springs and mirrors are connected in networks through bungee cords. Reflex makes visible the influence people have on one another, whether intentionally or through random circumstance.