A kinetic sculpture consisting of 108 motorized Hoberman spheres that open and close in orchestrated rhythms by Berlin-based artist Nils Völker. The mass-produced children's toy, invented in 1991 by Chuck Hoberman, resembles a geodesic dome capable of folding down to a fraction of its normal size by the scissor-like action of its joints. Völker added movement to the spheres that resembles an oscillating wave or a living organism that modulates using servo motors and micro controllers. The movements generate a tension between the planned and the accidental, with each new variation opening up possibilities for interpretation.
In general I really want to avoid leading viewers toward certain interpretations as people often come up with surprising thoughts I personally never had in mind. There are many possible interpretations when it comes to large amounts of mass-produced, almost identical objects doing all the same thing. Or when things made from cheap and colorful plastic—pretty much the opposite of something organic—start to behave organically like a swarm or wave.On view at NOME Project through Apr 15.