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  1. Void by Dan Tobin Smith & The Experience Machine

    London Design Festival 2019

    Client: Gemfields

    Sound & Music: NYX

    Photography: Dan Tobin Smith


    Designer Dan Tobin Smith and creative studio The Experience Machine, in partnership with Gemfields, presented VOID; a multi-sensory spatial installation at Collins Music Hall, Islington. 

    Visitors were part of an immersive experience, travelling through a series of large-scale projections that showcased the expanded space inside gemstones and mapped the blurring boundaries between nature and design.

    A selection of Mozambican rubies and Zambian emeralds from Gemfields’ mines, which date back millions of years, were brought to life through photography of tiny microcosms magnified to become abstract, galaxy-like structures

    The installation considered the concept of containment and scale, employing spatial design to explore the natural borders formed within these unique mineral formations.

    By translating moving image into a contained physical form and scoring the experience with harmonised layers of the human voice – by female electronic drone choir NYX – visitors were invited to enter within the portrait of a gemstone’s natural inclusion.