PROJECT Tessel
ARTISTS Lab(au) and David Letellier
PRODUCERS MediaRuimte Gallery (Brussels) and Roger Tator Gallery (Lyon)
DURATION 17th December 2010 – 29th June 2011

David Letellier, a french architect and electronic musician has collaborated with Lab(au) to produce this kinetic sound installation. The suspended topography of 40 irregular triangles are arranged in a ‘pinwheel’ tiling pattern, based on the work of mathematicians Charles Radin and John Conway.  The triangular panels are fitted with motors and audio transmitters, creating a sound scape in constant motion. The work draws on a long history of theory exploring the relationships between geometry, movement and chaos.

Tessel will continue to move around galleries and festivals in France and Germany until the end of June 2011.

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Shoal | Troika

21 October, 2010


Troika / Shoal, 2010 / 467 individually rotating elements, Dichroic acrylic,  Custom build electronics, stepper motors and controls / Image via Troika

PROJECT Shoal
LOCATION Corus Quay, Toronto, Canada
DESIGN and CONSTRUCTION Troika
CURATORIAL PAM (Karen Mills and Justin Ridgeway)
CLIENT TEDCO
YEAR 2010

Troika’s latest kinetic installation activates the interior ceiling of a 50m corridor in Corus’ new Toronto building. 467 fish-shaped elements are suspended from the ceiling in a constantly moving array that resembles a school of fish. Evocative of the marine life in the nearby lake, the iridescent dichroic acrylic used to coat the elements reflects a spectrum of colours as they rotate.

The installation creates a stunning effect over a large area with simplicity and elegance.

More information and video

via Creative Review | Shoal by Troika

PROJECT Brisbane Domestic Terminal Car Park Façade
CLIENT Brisbane Airport Corporation
LOCATION Brisbane, QLD, Australia
ARTIST Ned Kahn
ARTWORK Turbulent Line
ARCHITECT Hassell Sydney
CURATORIAL UAP, Natasha Davies
DESIGN UAP Studio, Daniel Clifford
YEAR Completion 2011

Urban Art Projects (UAP) is collaborating with established American artist Ned Kahn, Hassell Architecture (Sydney) and the Brisbane Airport Corporation to create an eight-storey, 5000sqm kinetic façade for the car park of Brisbane’s Domestic Terminal.

Viewed from the exterior, one side of the car park will appear to ripple fluidly as the wind activates 250,000 suspended aluminium panels.
As it responds to the ever-changing patterns of the wind, the façade will create a direct interface between the built and natural environments. It is further embellished with rippling lines from the surface of the Brisbane River: a site-specific reference to the city’s most iconic natural feature.

Inside the car park, intricate patterns of light and shadow will be projected onto the walls and floor as sunlight passes through the kinetic façade. The design also provides practical environmental benefits such as shade and natural ventilation for the interior.

This large-scale work will create a mesmerising impression for passengers emerging from the terminal, arriving by car, or on the elevated Airtrain platform. It is expected to become a memorable icon for the city of Brisbane.

See also WAN | The ripple effect

lab[au]: binary waves

11 November, 2009

Installation by lab[au] in Paris

PROJECT Binary waves
LOCATION Paris, France
ARTIST lab[au]
YEAR 2008

The Belgian design studio lab[au] placed their cybernetic installation binary waves in Paris to measure and display the various flows of its surroundings. The urban installation measured people, bikes, cars, trains and electromagnetic fields in real time and displayed them through luminous, sonic and kinetic rules.

Read more:
designboom | lab[au]: binary waves

Installation by lab[au] in Paris