Random International
Future Self / 2012
aluminium, custom electronics, 3d cameras, leds, brass rods
CM H: 345 W: 150 L: 120
IN H: 135.8 W: 59.1 L: 47.2

Future Self is a new performative light installation by Random International, presented for the first time in unique collaboration with Wayne McGregor and Max Richter, commissioned and supported by MADE.
Making its premier through performance over Berlin Gallery Weekend, Future Self was extensively explored in a new piece choreographed by Wayne McGregor and scored by Max Richter in relation to the light installation.
Two dancers intensely communicated, with each other and with their own reflections, through light as well as through the body. Throughout the performance, music, artwork and the human form were unified into one immediate and emotional experience. Future Self studies human movement; what it can reveal about identity and the relationship we have with our self image. The installation mirrors our movement in light, creating a three dimensional, ‘living’ sculpture from the composite gestures of those who surround it.


Future Self studies human movement; what it can reveal about identity and the relationship we have with our own image. The installation captures movement in light creating a three dimensional, ‘living’ sculpture from the composite gestures of those who surround it. Viewers are bound together —in the moment— as an ethereal, illuminated presence.


Making its premier through performance, Future Self has been extensively explored in a new contemporary dance piece choreographed by Wayne McGregor and scored by Max Richter in response to the installation.

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About the artist
Random International

Florian Ortkrass and Hannes Koch were both born in 1975 in Germany. The two met at Brunel University, graduating in 2002, before going on to study at the Royal College of Art. They founded Random International in 2005. Based in London with an outpost in Berlin, the studio today employs a large and diverse team of creatives.

Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art. Using science to develop a new material vocabulary, its work invites viewers to consider the man/machine relationship through explorations of behaviour and natural phenomena. In more than a decade since the studio’s inception, the focus of Random International’s artistic practice has continuously evolved, and today it embraces sculpture, performance, and installation, often on an architectural scale. Their highly collectable work creates a bridge between objects and products by merging monumental design, graphic artwork and technology.

Their Swarm Study series recreates the migratory patterns of birds using light. Using a digital algorithm that simulates the way insects swarm, the light installations chart birds’ flight trajectories through flashes of light. The viewer is invited into a responsive relationship with the work as the movement of the swarm illuminates the exhibition space.

Their critically acclaimed installation Rain Room is in the collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has also been shown at London’s Barbican (2012); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); and Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2015/2018). An edition of Rain Room has become the first permanently installed artwork at the Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2018).

Their work is also found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum London, the Sharjah Art Foundation Sharjah, UAE, the Maxine & Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art Detroit, the YUZ Foundation Shanghai, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art LA.

/ Swarm Study III, Victoria & Albert Museum commission in collaboration withCarpentersWorkshop Gallery, London.

/ Designers of the Future, Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland.

/ Prix Ars Electronica -- Honourable Mention in Interactive Art category.

/ Observer Future -- 500 List Top Ten Creative Talent in the UK.

/ Wallpaper* -- Design Award.
/ iF Design Award -- Concepts category (Germany).
/ CR -- Creative Futures Award, Interaction Design category.

/ 18th Koizumi International Lighting Design Competition -- Bronze Design Award (Japan).
/ Matthews Wrightson Trust Award.
/ iF Design Award -- Concepts category (Germany).

/ Rosenthal European Competition -- Runners up.
/ Identity for Egyptian Museum (Doha, Qatar).

/ Gareth Williams, “Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in contemporary Design”,
London: V&A Publishing, 2009.

/ “Design and the Elastic Mind”, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2008. September, 2009.

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Los Angeles CountyMuseum of Art (LACMA). Tate Modern, London. Museo di Arte Contemporaneo Luigi Pecci, Prato. TheBarbican Centre, London. The International Design Museum, Jerusalem. The International Design Museum,Munich. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The Seoul Design Museum, Seoul.
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