The Electron Altar plays off of the idea of “believing in electrons”. In 2008, scientists captured, using extremely short laser pulses (a quantum stroboscope), the motion of an electron on film. Perhaps seeing is believing?
A ring comprised of a photoresistor is connected to an Arduino-controlled LED display which mimics the motion of an electron. When the user’s hands are clasped in prayer in front of the altar, the LED display is revealed by illumination through a two-way mirror, as the sound of “angels singing” is played through the attached speaker.
The Electron Altar was my “stupid pet project” for Dan O’Sullivan’s Physical Computing class at ITP.