Firewall is an interactive media installation created by New York-based artist Aaron Sherwood in collaboration with Mike Allison. A stretched sheet of spandex acts as a membrane interface sensitive to depth that people can push into and create fire-like visuals as well as expressively play music.
Firewall stems from a performance art piece being developed as Purring Tiger (in collaboration with Kiori Kawai) titled ‘Mizalu’, premiering in June 2013. During one of the scenes in the performance, dancers will press into the spandex with the audience facing the opposite side. Mizalu is about death and experience of reality, so the membrane represents a plane that you can experience but never get through. As hard as you try to understand what’s inbetween life and death, you can never fully know.