Part of a multidisciplinary series called The Fifth Sense from Chanel and i-D magazine, Intangible Matter is a digital art piece that showcases scent and the way it inspires female creativity. With art from London-based Lucy Hardcastle, digital firm Stink Studios created an interactive exploration based on tactility. Different spaces throughout the site—named “Mist,” “Soft,” “Beam” and “Molten”—present different interactive objects for visitors to play with; for example, “Beam” challenges visitors to fire pearls at the walls of an icosahedral prison. Each space provides an individual feeling that relates to the creation process behind perfume.
Hardcastle provided Cinema 4D assets to Stink Studios, which then transferred them into WebGL. Matcap textures on 3-D objects helped to create the illusion of lighting. Stink Studios created the site using React and Redux; the visual content was brought to life using Three.js for 3-D graphics, and Stink Studios’s Sono provided the platform for Intangible Matter’s soundtrack, composed by Fatima Al Qadiri and Chris Lee.