RANDOMLY IN ITS PLACE: Therapeutic Responsive Art System

SickKids Hospital Toronto / Critical Unit Waiting Room Project
Designed by: Tom Kuo, Alex Kurnia, and David Bouchard.
Completed: September 15th, 2010

RANDOMLY IN ITS PLACE is a multi-screen, interactive installation. It is aimed at facilitating a degree of emotional healing for the users of the Critical Care Unit Waiting Room at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

Part of the complete redesign of the space called for the development and installation of a custom-designed immersive artwork. With the objective to provide a therapeutic and calm environment for worried family members and friends, the artwork is meant to help users cope with their anxiety while waiting for a loved one under critical care.

The visual engine combines picturesque plant-life with the soothing motions of growth patterns. All contained within an evolving ecosystem that encompasses a full-day-cycle, it suggests the sensations of looking out through windows onto an infinite and beautiful landscape. Deliberately designed with slight abstract characteristics, the visuals remain subjective with the content being easily acceptable. The graphics and forms were carefully considered not to raise negative opinions or hint at sensitivities surrounding the patient’s well-being.
The experience is designed to be mesmerizing and to evoke a sense of timelessness. Its calculated pace, rhythm, and esthetic offers users the opportunity to redirect their nervous energies, to settle into acceptance and peace within themselves. We wish to assist them to gain a better perspective during the time they spend within the waiting room.

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