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Murmurations, Susan Narduli

Susan Narduli is an artist and architect who uses technology to create dynamic environments. Her work for the UPMC Mercy Pavilion, Murmurations, is inspired by synesthesia, a perceptual phenomenon in which a person experiences one sense through another. For example, someone with synesthesia may see a color when they hear a sound.

What makes the lights in artwork change? Sensors located in the ceiling observe sounds in the West Atrium. The sounds are interpreted by a computer algorithm and transformed into light patterns on the LED panels. Different sounds create colors and patterns in the visuals. Listen to sounds in the lobby and notice how they impact the changing light patterns.