Madera Interactive Technology Institute, M-ITI
Valentina Nisi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Madeira working in the area of Digital Interactive Media and Arts as part of the CMU|Portugal Program. Her research focuses on designing and producing digitally mediated experiences in real spaces, merging architecture, context and landscape. She holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and worked for 4 years at MediaLabEurope, MIT research partner.
Lately she has been collaborating with Monica Mendes, Pedro Angel and Nuno Correia on designing and delivering digital art installations in the domain of forest preservations and sustainability. The paper presented at ISEA 2011 elaborates on these matters.
Play with Fire is an interactive art installation that proposes participants to ignite generative fires over live streaming video of selected forests. This experience paradoxically encourages playing with fire to stimulate awareness and prevention of fire related damages to the forests. We envisage the installation triggering controversial feelings by combining the “beauty and danger” of a forest on fire. Our goal is to raise awareness for human causes in forest fires and effect attitude change towards environmental protection. In this paper we outline the concept and experience design we developed for this project.