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  • may 29 - ongoing
    exhibition

    we had the pleasure to co-curate the new MAK Design Lab at the Museum of applied Arts in Vienna

    MAK Design Lab

  • may 10 - january 20, 2020
    exhibition

    our project 'curiosity cloud' is part of the Cooper Hewitt Nature — Design Triennial in New York, which is co-organised and developed together with Cube Designmuseum in Kerkrade, NL

    Nature - Design Triennial - Cooper Hewitt

  • may 10 - january 20, 2020
    exhibition

    our 'curiosity cloud chandelier' is on show at the Cube Designmuseum.

    Nature - Design Triennial -Cube Designmuseum

  • 05 september - ongoing
    installation

    we had the pleasure to develop two permanent installations for the "Futurium" a house of futures in Berlin

    futurium

trapped flies

an audio-kinetic installation

  • year 2013

  • category Kinetic / Interactive Installations

  • commissioned by

    Austrian cultural forum Rome

variety of glasses from Lobmeyr with artificial flies

If you trap a fly in a glass, it will try to escape and fly against the glass wall. By doing so it emits the sound of the glass itself. Each glass, depending on its shape and thickness, will give a specific tone in a certain volume. The installation consists of 52 different glasses, each with an artificial fly connected to a motor. Together they are programmed to create a swarm-like behaviour and soundscape. The ‘flies’ are connected to the motor via a thin string, which gives them the freedom to ‘fly’ and hit the glass randomly and lifelike. A little concert by 52 flies. 

the sound of the swarm

overview of the project

'It is a surreal simulation that explores the boundaries between natural and artificial sounds and between movement and stillness.'

Domitilla Dardi

sketch of the model

detail view

flies during the preparation

electronical detail

  • materials

    52 glasses, 52 DC-motors with attached plastic flies, wooden shelf, custom electronics

  • dimensions

    160×40×210 cm

  • programming

    Michael Zeltner

  • curated by

    Domitilla Dardi and Elisabetta Pisu

  • initiated by

    IMF on the occasion of the DOS exhibition in the Auditorium Rome

  • project assistance

    Isaac Monté

  • special thanks to

    Lobmeyer, for the beautiful glasses