Mischer’Traxler’s interactive Curiosity Cloud installation is “like being in a dream”

Viennese design duo Mischer’Traxler explain why they filled a room at London’s V&A Museum with hundreds of fluttering insects in our latest movie for Champagne brand Perrier-Jouët.

Called Curiosity Cloud, Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler’s installation for Perrier-Jouët consists of 264 suspended blown-glass bulbs, each of which contains a hand-made model of an insect.

The installation lies dormant when there’s nobody around. But the bulbs light up and the insects inside start fluttering against the glass as soon as visitors get close.

“It’s an interactive installation,” Mischer says in the movie, which was filmed by Dezeen at the V&A. “Once you approach, all the insects in the glass bells get a bit afraid and start moving.”

The installation contains 25 different varieties of insect, including a mixture of common, endangered and newly-discovered species.

Each insect is attached to a motor at the top of the bulbs with a thin wire. Thermal imaging sensors around the installation trigger the motors when they detect visitors’ presence.

“You’re constantly followed by the movement of the insects and the light,” Traxler explains. “Each of the 264 glass bulbs holds a specially designed circuit board, which can be individually controlled.”

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Post time: 10-19-2017