commissioned by Perrier-Jouët Champagne
The installation comprises 264 mouth-blown glass bulbs, hanging in a room. Each glass-globe contains a single, hand-fabricated insect that refers to an existing species found in nature.
From a distance, the insects are quiet and calm. As visitors enter the darkened room and approach the installation, the bulbs close to the observers light up and the insects come to life. They start swirling around and flying inside the glass vessels, thus touching the glass and creating a soundscape. The glass bulbs allow the insects to appear alive, safe from the human’s touch, but still giving the possibility of interaction with the audience.
The shown insects represent 25 different species from all over the world, falling into three categories: extinct or highly endangered, very common and newly discovered. Together the insects form a selection of species that will never coexist next to each other in reality but represent a cycle of life, spanning from extinction to rediscoveries. Four of the represented species were already represented in the project ‘ephemerā’.
Traditional techniques like glass blowing and metal spinning were combined with contemporary technologies like laser- and water jet cutting. Technical elements like motors, custom- designed circuit boards and infrared-sensors control which of the insects are ‘waken up’.
The glass-bulbs were designed in 3 specific sizes and especially produced by Lobmeyr for the installation.
Curiosity Cloud invites the viewer into participation, discussion and questioning. It is the result of a investigation of how best to express the ideas of mankind’s relationship.
electro-technical development: Simon Laburda | DKAI
project assistant: Anouk Buntsma, Anais Bourcier, Maria Bauhofer
with special support by Martin Robitsch
many thanks as well to Lobmeyr for the glass
material: 264 mouth-blown glass bulbs | artificial handcrafted insects made out of printed and lasercut foil adapted with felt, threads, hot glue and colour | metal hoods, motors, LEDs, custom made circuit boards, Infrared-sensors, various mechanical pieces
dimension: 500cm x 500cm x 380cm
London Design Festival