FLUIDIC – A Sculpture in Motion: An Interactive Field of 12,000 Spheres Illuminated by Lasers

FLUIDIC   A Sculpture in Motion: An Interactive Field of 12,000 Spheres Illuminated by Lasers multiples light interactive

FLUIDIC   A Sculpture in Motion: An Interactive Field of 12,000 Spheres Illuminated by Lasers multiples light interactive

FLUIDIC   A Sculpture in Motion: An Interactive Field of 12,000 Spheres Illuminated by Lasers multiples light interactive

FLUIDIC   A Sculpture in Motion: An Interactive Field of 12,000 Spheres Illuminated by Lasers multiples light interactive

FLUIDIC   A Sculpture in Motion: An Interactive Field of 12,000 Spheres Illuminated by Lasers multiples light interactive

FLUIDIC is the result of a unique collaboration between Hyundai’s Advanced Design Center and Berlin-based studio WHITEvoid. The interactive light sculpture is made from 12,000 suspended spheres that act as three dimensional pixels, or voxels. Surrounded by 3D cameras the piece can sense viewer’s motions which are then translated into light patterns, but amazingly the light supplied to the individual voxels is fully external. An array of high-speed lasers project into the cloud to create the dynamic visuals in real-time. Via WHITEvoid:

A seemingly floating point cloud above a water pond and consisting of 12,000 translucent spheres marks the heart of the installation. Due to a complex computer algorithm the spheres are arranged seemingly random within the cloud. At the same time the algorithm observes the positions and projection angles of eight high-speed laser projectors that are being arranged around the artwork. They are sending out beams scanning through the arrangement of the cloud. Generating bright and dim light points, this creates a highly organic and natural distribution of voxels (3D pixels). Emerging lines and shapes finally form graphical compositions without any sweet or blind spots. Keeping the same density and intensity the FLUIDIC graphics enables their viewers to observe and interact with it from every point of view.

FLUIDIC will be on display at the Temporary Museum for New Design in Milan through April 14th.

If you liked this project, there are several other artists working with interactive light fields lately, many of which have appeared here on Colossal including the flexible Firewall, the Water Light Graffiti system and also Submergence.