Random International
Swarm Light / 2010
leds, polished brass rods, custom circuit boards, custom driver software and hardware, sound / motion sensors
CM H: 150 W: 85 L: 235
IN H: 59.1 W: 33.5 L: 92.5

3 CUBES OF H81 L81 P81 CM / H31.9 W31.9 D31.9 IN

PART OF THE PERMANENT COLLECTION IN VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

Swarm Light invites us on a visual experience inspired by the study of a natural and fascinating phenomenon; the migratory patterns of thousands of birds. In order to express this movement Random Internationalused the first ever digital algorithm developed by Boyd in 1986 that simulates the way insects swarm. Using this technology, Random International came up with a high, sculptural piece, a light installation that draws the flight trajectory inspired by nature through flashes of light. Using an interactive strategy, man can interfere with the shifts of the group’s movement by making sounds. The onlooker then realises his or her power and participates in the alteration of the real in his or her own way.

 

Random International’s Swarm Light works translate patterns of collective behaviour found in nature into moving light.

 

The first exploration of this kind, Swarm Light emulates the behaviour of a group of birds. The sound created by visitors’ presence stimulates the installation’s ‘collective consciousness’, causing the abundant individual lights to respond in swarm-like formations.

 

The viewer is invited into a responsive relationship with the work itself and its surrounding sphere, as the installation reacts to the sound of its onlookers and the illuminated swarm animates the space.

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