Ocean Room is a life-sized dome, 9 ft wide and 9 ft tall, installed in the center of a dark room. Video projections of waves illuminate the walls of the dome, while the sounds and scent of the ocean fill the space inside. The carpet-lined interior contains two sitting chairs for visitors, and a notebook for them to write or draw in. A visitor book sits on a stand outside the room, allowing visitors to leave comments and feedback.
Ocean Room is the culmination of three goals. Firstly, it is an attempt to recreate a meditative, refuge-like space on campus. I wanted to create a space that feels safe, comforting – a place where anyone can escape the world for a little while. At the same time, the installation is also my tribute to the ocean I grew up beside. Ocean Room is designed to immerse visitors in a recreation of the ocean; I wanted to recreate a small part of the sea here for everyone who, like me, longs for it when they’re at Duke. Finally, Ocean Room is an experiment in space. I hope to explore how art spaces can influence the way we perceive the world and each other. What kinds of thoughts and emotions will the experience inspire in visitors? What happens when two strangers meet inside? Will the Ocean Room experience form a subliminal bond between visitors?
A notebook sits inside Ocean Room, allowing visitors to jot down any notes, doodles or drawings that came to mind while inside.
I’ve attached a selection of pages below; the full notebook can be viewed here.
View the full notebook here: http://bit.ly/OceanRoom_Notebook