Experiment 5 – Unexpressed?


Project Title
Unexpressed? (Working Title)
An interactive blank canvas.

Project by Jignesh Gharat

Project Description

On our visit to art galleries and museums, we come across abstract as well as minimal art and try to appreciate and interpret the meaning behind it through gestures, expressions, emotions evoking the unconscious mind with movement and color.

Abstract expression finds its roots in ‘intuition’ (of the artist) and ‘freedom’ (for the artist as well as for the viewer). The artist uses their imagination to look beyond what we can physically see and translate intangible emotions onto the canvas. The audience then tries to connect to the artist’s intention and free their mind of visual restrictions.

Minimalism is getting away from the individual expression it doesn’t always have a connection with the artist.

What is a blank canvas?
An empty canvas with some texture, lines, pattern, and tints of white. Or an expression emptiness, curiosity stories, could be anything.

What if a blank canvas could try to express its self instead of viewers projecting their interpretations, emotions, beliefs, and stories. 


  • Mackbook pro
  • 2 Arduino UNO/ Nano
  • 2/3 Servo motors
  • VL53L0X laser distance sensors 
  • LED Bulb


  • Stretch fabric, Lycra Fabric
  • Face mask, hand model
  • Old/vintage wooden canvas frame 2’ x 3’
  • 4 Plywood 6” x 32”

Work plan

22nd – 23rd _Material procurement, storytelling, and ideation
24th – 27th _Code- Debugging, Calibrating distance sensor, Mockup, Testing
27th – 30th_Iterating, Fabrication, and Assembling
1st – 2nd_Installation/ setup
3rd – 4th_Exhibitions

Physical installation details

As the viewer comes in the range of the distance sensor the blank white canvas will start showing an embossed human figure popping out of the canvas surface.


Exhibition Space

Preferably a silent art gallery space to mount a heavy canvas on the wall. Spotlight on the canvas.

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