Origin is an object already catching the attention of its observer simply by its formal aesthetics. The use of an interface between man and machine enables the user to become an essential part of Origin thereby overcoming the point of view of only being a recipient of the art. Through the immediate audiovisual response, Origin offers the possibility to experiment with the physicality of the human body and the resulting consequences. Therefore, the individual capacity to abstract is of central importance to the visual appearance of the installation. The interface that empowers the participants to interact with the installation between man and machine is a Theremin. As the first electronic instrument in the history of music, it was designed and developed in 1920 by the Russian physician Lev Termen. Today, the Theremin is mostly unknown and rarely used by musicians because contactless style of play makes it a difficult instrument to master.
Despite its relative anonymity and difficulty the Theremin is the operating principle of the Origin´s interface. The non-existent contact between the actual sensors of the instrument and the participant creates a special and fascinating experience for the user. To influence the installation with their own visions, attendees have to enter into resonance with the electrodes of the instrument using their own electric field. According to the principle of capacitive distance measurement, the user thereby generates different frequencies through delicate movements, thus initiating optical and acoustical changes according to these movements.