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  • march 13 - september 6, 2020
    exhibition

    "Kleureyck -Van Eyck’s Colours in Design" at the Design Museum Gent - our contribution "colourful kinaesthesia" - a Boisbuchet workshop with mischer'traxler studio and super participants shows the result of a wonderful workshop from last summer. In collaboration with Boisbuchet and the participating Designers

    design museum Gent

  • february 26 - june 1, 2020
    new project / exhibition

    nocturnal cloud, a further development of the curiosity cloud including moth and illuminated fireflies is part of the exhibition "Extraordinary" at the Mudac in Lausanne, Switzerland. The piece was commissioned by the museum and will stay in their permanent glass collection.

    Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains

  • february 17 - march 8, 2020
    new project / exhibition

    "MADE IN: Crafts — Design Narratives", a Travelling Exhibition premiers at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb. Commissioned by MAO Ljubljana and in collaboration with the stonemason Beno Ogrin, we developed a new project entitled 'ratio'.

    MADE IN: Crafts - Design Narratives

  • january 23 - may 17, 2020
    exhibtion

    "Design by Time exhibition" — currently on show at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design in Raleigh, North Carolina.
    With it our projects 'isochrone', 'day by day' and 'the idea of a tree'

    design by time

  • september 05, 2019 - ongoing
    installation

    we developed two permanent installations for the "Futurium" a house of futures in Berlin

    futurium

  • may 29, 2019- 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

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