Balls!

Alma-nac with Ruairi Glynn, London, 2013

 

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Balls! is a data-responsive, kinetic intervention, driven by bespoke open-source software

Delivered as a response to Arup’s competition: The future of the Built Environment, Balls! is an open source, data-responsive intervention exploring the changing relationship of control between buildings and their inhabitants.

Balls! is an array of 42 suspended glowing spheres, each robotically controlled by a piece of bespoke software that could convert any form of input data into movement, colour and form.

For the first half of the installation, the balls responded to sound/vibration within the building, providing a legible measure of the activity levels of its occupants.

For the latter fortnight, curation of the installation was handed over to the building’s users, allowing the project to evolve into a more direct feedback between the inhabitants and their environment.

The balls were programmed to react to energy use; to play a game on; to display comfort levels; anything that could be translated into sound, colour and form could be displayed.

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  • Completed: Jun 2013
  • Floor area: 44m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £35,000
  • Address: 8 Fitzroy St, London, W1T 4BJ, United Kingdom

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