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Flylight Pad 2013

Studio Drift



About The Piece

While birds are the ultimate symbol of freedom, in a flock they move as one single entity, creating mesmerizing patterns. This flock behavior is an example of ‘self-organization’, meaning that no single bird leads the flight. Amazingly enough, each individual senses the speed and the direction of the group. This natural phenomenon was the source of inspiration for Flylight, for which the flock behavior was translated into specially developed agent-based software. The patterns in which the installation lights up are not preprogrammed but have an interactive compound – just like a real flock of birds.


Flylight questions the delicate balance between the group and the individual. Just like birds, people find
safety in a group, while at the same time they are forced to act according to a set of rules on which society functions. Who chooses total individual freedom above these rules is forced to operate outside of society. Where lies the perfect balance between the two?


With Flylight, Studio Drift reflects upon this question in both a poetic and aesthetic way.


Flylight is a site-specific art installation that directly interacts with its surroundings. It consists of delicate
glass tubes that light up in an unpredictable way, partially responsive to external stimuli. The light mimics the behavior of a flock of birds in flight, symbolizing the conflict between the safeness of the group and the freedom of the individual.

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