REFLEX mayo 19, 2011Posted by christian saucedo in Other projects.
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From April 2011, rAndom International’s Reflex Installation at the Wellcome Trust transforms the Darwin & Mendel windows into the habitat of an organism that represents itself in the form of light. By reacting to passers-by it invites a physical response to the building
The swarm behaviour of the installation is inspired by an algorithm developed to emulate the collective decision making process employed by creatures (such as birds flocking, ants, etc) in the natural world.
People walking along Euston Road will encounter an unusually arresting reflection of themselves in a new light installation, Reflex, created by rAndom International. The work inhabits the windows of the Wellcome Trust as though it were a living organism. Reacting to viewers, passers-by and traffic on the Euston Road, Reflex produces mesmerising flows of light, inviting a physical response to the building.
The installation’s swarming behaviour is based on an algorithm developed to emulate the collective decision making that we see in large groups of creatures such as birds or ants.
The work is constructed from hundreds of brass rods and thousands of LEDs arranged on small custom chips. Their movement is based on programmes that aim to simulate complex natural phenomenon. Reflex recreates “stigmergy” whereby traces left by random actions stimulate further actions that build on one another, leading to the spontaneous emergence of apparently patterned activity.
James Peto, Senior Curator at Wellcome Collection, the Wellcome Trusts’ public venue says: “An estimated 5,000 people walk past the Wellcome Trust’s windows every day. rAndom International’s Reflex is the seventh in a series of annual design commissions for this prominent site. The window designs have always provoked interesting reactions from passers-by. With Reflex the passers-by can provoke a reaction from the windows.”
Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities; its breadth of support including public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. The Trust is independent of both political and commercial interests.