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  • Writer's pictureMatilde Gugole

We participated at the Maker Faire Rome 2023 - The European Edition

In October, we participated in the Maker Faire Rome with the Big Bang Project "FAKE - Failures and Deceptions of Human Vision." Here's how this experience went.

From October 22nd to 24th, 2023, we exhibited 3 domes, part of the FAKE exhibition, at the Fiera di Roma during the XI edition of Maker Faire Rome - The European Edition.

The inside of the first out of three domes with controlled lights

We departed from Trento to Rome on October 18th with the van, ready to set up our "Big Bang Project" FAKE - Failures and Deceptions of Human Vision.

The setup consisted of three domes with controlled lighting, showcasing three different aspects of vision.

The first two days were dedicated to assembling the three domes. Below, we've included some shots of our team hard at work.

From October 20th to 22nd, the actual fair took place. We were located in Pavilion 6, called "Research," along with many other interesting exhibitors. During these three days, attendance was extremely high: many schools, as well as many enthusiasts and families, all fascinated by the play of colors and illusions hidden under the domes.

Discover the inside of the domes

The first of the three domes on display was an immersive environment with controlled lighting where one can continuously marvel at how changes in light influence our perception of colors. Some colors in the images, placed on all sides of the dome, disappear while others appear brighter than before with the succession of colored lights. It's a truly fascinating spectacle that captures the attention of both adults and children alike.

Inside the second of our domes, there is an artificial flower field created with 3D printing and laser cutting. When illuminated by ultraviolet light, it shows us how bees see.

Bees, unlike humans, can see ultraviolet light, so a flower field looks very different to them than it does to us. Take a look at the photo below. 

And what does the third dome hide?

The stroboscopic zoetrope, which gives an illusion of movement of objects!

Those are quite complex words, let's try to clarify a bit.

Illusions of movement are achieved when a sequence of static images follows at a certain speed. To make the illusion effective, it's also crucial to carefully manage the lighting of the various images.

In the case of the zoetrope, light is obtained with a stroboscopic lamp that turns on and off 65 times per second. In this case, the speed at which the images rotate must be synchronized with the frequency of the stroboscopic light. In fact, the movement effect is generated only if, during the time the light is off, the rotating disk has moved exactly one slice, which is the distance between two identical objects but with slightly different poses.

Experience to be repeated!

It was three fantastic days. Many people came to see our installations and asked us for information and curiosities about our work.

We are truly very happy and satisfied with this intense weekend!

These three domes take part in our bigger exhibition FAKE, click here to discover the complete exhibition and the other exhibits we realized.

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