Positively Charged began with a workshop led by Kasia, in which young people from Taipei shared their concerns for the future. One of their biggest concerns was energy: where it comes from, how we can be more environmentally aware, and the need for self-sufficiency to take us into the future. In Positively Charged, Kasia explores these ideas, bringing them to life as a beautiful interactive installation that uses smart technologies to create a vision of a future Taipei City and explores new ways of harvesting and circulating personal energy.
Visitors to the installation play the role of a cell bursting with power, generating and transmitting energy. Their heartbeats and movements are transformed into a light display; a visual representation of personal energy being transformed into electricity. Without their active participation to ‘power up’ the exhibition, visitors can’t fully experience the Positively Charged display. By making the audience directly responsible for the ‘life’ of the work, Kasia casts a light on the unseen, inviting people to reflect on their relationship to technology, the city, and the creation and consumption of energy.