A series of white elastic strings pulled across the interior of a container ship formed the aptly-named Resonate installation, an enthrallingly interactive feature at Frankfurt’s Luminale 2012.

The work was christened during the festival’s opening party, where visitors could play with the strings and thus participate in the creation of an audiovisual performance. When fiddled with, the pulled strings in fact produce sounds and lighting effects, turning the room into a collective musical instrument.

Interactivity aside, the soft structure created within the rational and rigid container – which will become a theatre for other events after the festival – established a playful relationship between the installation and its surrounding shell.

The project, visited by more than 10,000 people, was an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Master students in the Spatial Communication program at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz and the Sound-Art Composition Master program at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Photos courtesy Resonate 2012m by Martina Pipprich.