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Flylight, Studio Drift, Het Noordbrabants Museum

Issue 83 February / March 2015 : Retail : Museum

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh’s death. In memory of the artist, Het Noordbrabant’s Museum in the Netherlands displayed Studio Drift’s Flylight exhibition curated by Yksi Ontwerp.

Flylight is a site-specific light installation that directly interacts with its surroundings. It consists of delicate glass tubes that light up in an unpredictable way. The light sculpture mimicks the behaviour of a flock of birds in flight, symbolising the conflict between the safeness of the group and the freedom of the individual. 

While birds are the ultimate symbol of freedom, in a flock they move as one single entity, creating mesmerising patterns. This flock behaviour is an example of self-organisation, meaning that no single bird leads the flight. Amazingly enough, each individual senses the speed and the direction of the group.

Flylight translates this flock behaviour into specially developed agent-based software, meaning the patterns in which the installation lights up are not pre-programmed, but have an interactive compound like a real flock of birds. Nature was van Gogh’s and Studio Drift’s dominant source of inspiration and forms a guide through the exhibition that will be on view until April.


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