Laura Scholl considers computer software to be one of the most important media of 21st century art and design.
Her new work, written in C++ and the Processing, Java software library, is about active participation rather than passive consumption. The works are data driven and characterized by rhythmic patterns that oscillate between extremes: color and lack of color, light and darkness, sound and silence.
She is influenced by interlocking Shipibo designs that form vibratory geometric patterns, believed to be Icaros (chants) sung into existence. The Icaros are sung by indigenous women of the Peruvian Amazon to visualize the patterns in textiles and pottery and indigenous shamans for healing. According to Angelika Gebhart-Sayer, Professor of Ethnology, University of Marburg, "...the song-design, which saturates the patient's body and is believed to untangle distorted physical and psycho-spiritual energies, restores harmony to the somatic, psychic and spiritual systems of the patient. The designs are permanent and remain with a person's spirit even after death."
Her work is interactive mixed-media comprising traditional gold leaf, microprocessor controlled LEDs, side illuminated fiber optics, and PIR motion sensors. The experience is meant to bring about a symbiotic relationship between the participant and the art works.