Amsterdam's Studio DRIFT recently sent along some images of their forthcoming light installation for the Salone del Mobile Milan, the centerpiece of their exhibition at Ventura Lambrate.
FLYLIGHT is an interactive light installation composed of 160 glass tubes and based on group behaviour of animals. The behaviour of each individual light has not been programmed, but is dependent on the DNA that has been given to the group. It reacts to the viewer as if it were a flock of starlings or a school of fish.
While the photography is intriguing, I would recommend watching the teaser video (after the jump) to get a sense of how it actually works:
The installation reminds me of Yayoi Kusama's "Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity," pictured below, albeit with a zoological reference point instead of a metaphysical one. Still, the ultimate effect of immersion is similar: the lights, arranged with such deliberation, are simply captivating as they invite an experience removed from outside time and space.Yayoi Kusama - "Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity," courtesy of Gagosian Gallery