P01 Inspiration

CLOUD by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett

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CLOUD is an interactive sculpture created from 6,000 incandescent light bulbs by Canadian artists and collaborators Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett. The piece utilizes pull string switches and everyday domestic light bulbs, re-imagining their potential to catalyze collaborative moments and create an enveloping, experiential environment. As part of the process of building the sculpture, the artists collected burnt out bulbs from the surrounding community, forging an informal relationship with non-artists, reducing costs, and asking audiences to reconsider household items in an alternative context. During exhibition, viewers interact with CLOUD by initiating impromptu collaborations, working as a collective to animate “lightning” on the surface of the sculpture, turning the entire cloud on and off.

Simple, bright, and playful, CLOUD functions as an icon of hope and optimism, illustrated by upturned faces, glittering eyes, and a whole that is greater than the sum of its many parts. As incandescent bulbs are phased out in the European Union and various countries around the world, the sculpture gains new meaning as a beacon of transitional technologies and changing futures – where are we going next? On a more symbolic level, CLOUD relies on the universal language of environmental imagery – despite language barriers, cultural differences, and geographic distance, rain clouds are understood by people all around the world.

CLOUDS by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

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CLOUDS consists of textile pieces held together with elastic bands to make free-standing or hanging structures, which can be used to divide space and absorb sound. Clouds is an innovative, sophisticated three-dimensional tile concept, designed by internationally acclaimed designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in collaboration with Kvadrat.

Clouds have many uses; they can be hung from a wall or ceiling, used to create an installation or to divide space. You can connect the textile tiles in any way you want to create your own individual design. The clever elementary design means Clouds can easily be re-arranged, allowing you to create new designs time and time again.

ALGUES by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

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ALGUES are interior design components and decorative elements at one and the same time. Reminiscent of plants, the plastic elements can be linked together to form weblike structures – from light curtains to densely solid room dividers. Algues are available in seven different colors and sold in packages of 25. One package creates a light mesh structure of approximately 1 square meter.

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JACK by Tom Dixon

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JACK is one of the most famous lamps from Tom Dixon. Jack was designed in 1994 and is made of plastic, using the process of rotary moulding. Jack is a sculptural lamp, perfect alone as a free-standing light but also as a group as lamps can be stacked.

CUMULUS by SOFTlab

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Cumulus is an interactive installation that reacts to sound with light. The cell like structure is meant to create behaviors that mimic the deliberate yet erratic behavior of lightning. Overall the piece is much lighter than the overall volume it occupies. Much like sponge the structure relies on redundancies and connections that cannot be achieved from a grid, giving it a soft cloud like shape. The irregularity of the network like structure imbues the piece with a playful personality as it reacts in unpredictable ways to environmental sound. Various behaviors were programmed including a trail that cycles through the structure, waves, and pulses, each responding to the amplitude and various ranges of surrounding sound. Each time sound in the space reaches a certain volume the piece activates. The most interesting behavior was similar to our initial intent, lightning. This behavior seeks a path through one of the next connecting segments. The duration of the path is dictated by the volume of the sound that activates it. This simple algorithm creates a wide range of effects from long lightning like strands created through sporadic low frequency sounds to a staticky chatter when people are talking underneath it.

The interactivity is achieved through a series of physical and digital systems working together. The structure is made of over 200 acrylic segments connected with over 100 unique 3D printed joints. Inside of the structure is a network of individually addressable LED strands. Overall 70 meters of LEDs were used to activate the whole structure. The various behaviors and reactions to sound were programmed using Processing.

 

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