JEM

ENESS’ interactive installation between shared instrument and public art reminds us we’re not alone.

New media design studio ENESS is about to reveal a walk-in sculpture that redefines participation in public art. JEM is a ten metre-wide meditative interactive installation that people can virtually ‘strum’ by moving. This is the first sculpture of its kind in the world.

JEM is the latest work of ENESS, the studio known for producing large-scale installation art that proposes new forms of interactivity. This digital installation will be revealed next week in Brisbane and sits between an instrument and walk-through sculpture, becoming the first installation to use sensorbased technology to trigger visuals and audio based on the location of each individual.

“We’re proud to share one of our most technologically complex, biggest public artworks to date. We’re excited to observe how people from all walks of life naturally react to JEM and how they are in the presence of each other.” – Nimrod Weis, Creative Director ENESS.

JEM is a ten-metre wide, five-metre high ribbed rose gold dome. The structure senses movement, which then activates its visual form to change into an organic light and sound experience. Each viewer is united under the arcs as they stimulate a moment of shared thought. JEM is a nurturing, contemplative space where viewers are collectively immersed in light and colour, their sense of time and space is warped and they are encouraged to focus on the present moment.

Participants virtually ‘strum’ the work by moving, triggering symphonic notes and visual reactions as they move. Participants can rest on rope beds inside the sculpture, which provide an ideal vantage point to stare into space through JEM’s circular core. In a culture dominated by self-awareness, this installation gently, unknowingly nudges lovers and strangers into each other’s company.

JEM is the uniting conduit at the core of Flowstate, a precinct in Brisbane. ENESS partnered with Stukel Stone and Southbank Corporation to bring JEM to life in an environment that blurs the lines between landscape and architecture, art and the public realm.

JEM will be revealed at the opening of Flowstate on 29 Jan, ready to be experienced by international visitors flooding into the region for 2018 Commonwealth Games.

JEM is an interactive installation that senses synchronized human movements to generate a symphonic and visual experience. Participants virtually ‘strum’ the work by moving, triggering symphonic notes and visual reactions as they travel within the sculpture.

JEM creates a contemplative space where people are collectively immersed in light and colour, their sense of time and space is warped and they can escape their everyday reality to focus on the present shared moment.

Dimensions: 10m wide x 6m tall Materials: Addressable LEDs, steel, rope, polycarbonate, custom software, sensors. Custom generative soundtrack was produced specifically for the JEM experience.