BreakThroughColour

EXPANDING SPHERES

Tracy HolmesComment

Given my affinity for colour in 3D, it may not surprise you that I like these:

This is a Hoberman Sphere, named for the engineer who designed it more than 20 years ago. It's become a toy icon alongside the Rubik's Cube and Slinky, and is part of the permanent collection at MoMA. Not bad for a simple plastic toy that doesn't do much except open and close, right?

Given my affinity for anything that celebrates the interconnectedness of art and science, I also like watching what happens when Berlin-based media artist Nils Völker suspends 108 of these expanding orbs from the ceiling of a gallery and animates each one of them with its own motor...

Bits and Pieces has been opening and closing since its opening last month at Nome in Berlin. Here's an excerpt for the exhibition catalogue

Nils Völker’s installation is an experimental exercise through which it is possible to question the hierarchy of things and reverse the idea that our world is organized by human knowledge. It is, on the contrary, the unknown and the unexpected that allow us to find new relations with the world . . . to create more experimental situations and subjective hypotheses.

This computer-choreographed swarm of spheres will close for the last time on April 15, 2016.