Kinetic Sculpture BMW | 2008




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In a 6 sqm large field, 714 metal spheres are suspended from the ceiling on thin steel wires and animated with a help of mechanics, electronics and code.
The topic of the installation is the form-finding process in car design which is performed in a 7 min choreography: At the beginning the installation is in a chaotic state. No form or design idea has yet been found. The spheres move individually creating an impression of a spatial white noise. Slowly the first abstract forms emerge, loosely relating to the later contours of the vehicle. In the following choreography, the succession of competing forms intersect with each other, one displacing the next. Out of this the final shape of the vehicle then emerges. This narrative is repeated, covering the design process of five historical and contemporary cars .

The project was commissioned by the new BMW museum Munich and realized in conjunction with my friends and colleagues at ART+COM. special mention: Gert Monath, Patrick Kochlik, Simon Schissel, David Siegel, Jussi Ängeslevä and all technicians from MKT, Munich.