Swarm Light, 2010

LEDs, polished brass rods, custom circuit boards, custom driver software and hard ware, behavioural algorithm, sound / motion sensors, computer & interface
3 cubes of 810 x 810 mm
Edition of 8 + 4 AP
Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Random International’s ongoing Swarm Studies explore the intelligence in motion of self-organising systems through increasingly dematerialised, sensory environments. Inspired by the acrobatic efficiency of flocking birds, the individual light sources are each imbued with a collective behaviour. When a person approaches, the swarm alters the direction and demenour of its flight in response to the sound of their presence. Through its movement and behaviour, the swarm appears almost animate, responsively integrating the surrounding natural phenomena, spatial dynamics, and human activity.