The pilot project 'E-Static Shadows' explored the speculative arena of electrostatic and its possible readings in relation to human interactions within physical space in order to advance the design knowledge of interactive environments.
In modern domestic and industrial environments static energy is usually regarded as a nuisance or hazard responsible for electrostatic shocks, process problems and industrial fires. This research aimed to concentrate on its potentially positive uses and benefits for the development of interactive environmental design strategies, addressing the playful and essentially omnipresent but hidden potential of electrostatic forces.
From 2007 till 2009 the 'E-Static Shadows' research project was based at the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles (CHRRCT), Goldsmiths, University of London funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and supported by the Arts Council of England, the National Lottery, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors and others. Zane Berzina was AHRC Research Fellow and the Main Researcher on this cross-disciplinary project, collaborating with Jackson Tan, an Architect from the company in square Lab , UK , the Textile Research Institute Thüringen ( TITV) in Germany; Department of Materials, Queen Mary, University of London ; Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London.