Interactive Canvas

  1. Project Title

Interactive Canvas (Working title) by Arsalan Akhtar


  1. Project Description


Ambient advertising is key to win consumers today which encourages discovery of various story telling tools. The “walls” around us are an empty canvas that could tell a lot of interactive stories. Thus, I would like to make an interactive wall that tells a story through sound or display when in close proximity. The subject of the story is about breach of digital privacy and how we in this digital age have given permissions to mobile apps that we use daily.


  1. Parts, Materials and Technology


  • Arduino micro
  • Resistors
  • Conductive Material
  • Projector
  • Piece of wood
  • Processing and Arduino Software
  • Photoshop for illustration


  1. Work Plan


  • Nov 20-22 : Low fidelity prototyping with arduino, conductive material and resistors
  • Nov 23-24: Work on processing to discover storytelling drawing
  • Nov 25-26: Procure wood and engrave storytelling assets
  • Nov 27-28: debugging of hardware and software
  • Nov 29-Dec1: debugging of physical installation
  • Dec 2: test run
  • Dec 3-4: Display


  1. Physical Installation

A rectangle piece of wood or paper (around 6ftx6ft) attached or hung against the wall with story engraved on it and facing a projector. The visitors could interact with features on the wall and learn about the story. Thus, a flat wall such the DF gallery could be a great place.

  1. Resource list 


  • a bracket to hold the piece of canvas against the wall.


Thank you







Interaction Installation On Women’s Violence


This interactive installation explores one of the ways to create awareness on domestic violence for women which is observed in the month of October and November each year for example the campaign titled “Shine the Light” by using aesthetics to induce visitors. This experiment triggers audiences’ attention through an immersive experience by asking them to step on bare shoes to induce the question “how does it feel to be in their shoes” which displays stories of real women undergone domestic violence, and how visitors can support them. In this installation, movement of visitor on the bare shoes was detected by a pressure sensor which resulted in display of images of screen. The purpose of this installation is to engage visitors on domestic violence faced by women which is not so ubiquitous in interactive public art. The use of shoes was an outcome of reviewing various installation on women’s issues.


This could be applied on a street to trigger responses from pedestrians with the following layout:



Project Context – Aesthetic and Conceptual

Shine The Light on Women Abuse is a real campaign of the London, Ontario, Abused Women’s Center. Similarly, there are many other campaigns running in October and November to address the same issue. This subject is close to me as there is a lot installation and awareness required to impact how society works but in an immersive way.


Keeping this campaign in mind, I began browsing about how public art is being used as medium to address similar issues. One project that really inspired me is titled ” Embodying Culture: Interactive Installation On Women’s Rights” which lays emphasis on using project mapping on historical painting which feeds data from twitter on the issue.


The above paper inspired me to using twitter stories on a slider but I was missing more a more aesthetic representation on the complex subject. Thus, I looked around for that and particularly got intrigued by use of shoes where Yanköşe’s project who hung 440 pairs of women’s shoes on public art.




Imagery and color palette to display posters were designed using the Shine The Campaign guidelines and were made as follows.




The list of hardware used to design the isntallation are as follows:

  1. Shape of shoes using the maker lab
  2. FSR sensor
  3. A rug
  4. Arduino Micro






For the Software, following two tools were utilized:

  1. Arduino; Connect FSR pressure sensor and read Analog values for above zero as it detect stepping of a person
  2. Processing; All values were sent from Arduino into processing using serial monitor to create IF loop and load image similar to visuals shown above

As a result we were able to complete this project like below:





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