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The installation 'trapped flies' consists of 52 different glasses, each with an artificial fly. Together they are programmed to create a swarm-like behavior and soundscape. The 'flies' are connected to a 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.
"It is a surreal simulation that explores the boundaries between natural and artificial sounds and between movement and stillness." - Domitilla Dardi
'trapped flies' was initially designed on the occasion of the exhibition 'DOS - Designing Sound Objects' curated by Domitilla Dardi and Elisabetta Pisu and organized by the IMF foundation.
electro-technical support: Michael Zeltner
project assistant: Isaac Monté
film and photos: Zoe Hough and Julian Heckel
material: 52 glasses, 52 DC-motors with attached plastic flies, wooden shelf, custom electronics
Austrian Cultural Forum Rome
'DOS - Designing Sound Objects'