ObOrO / Ryo Kishi (JP), Japan Foundation, Photo: vog.photo


Ryo Kishi (JP), Japan Foundation

ObOrO is a light installation that creates unstable, random fluctuations.

Illuminated balls hover in the space with no support from strings or wires—they are “guided” only by an airstream. The fluctuation of the illuminated balls is based on the Coandă effect, which describes the propensity of a jet of gas or liquid to “flow along” a curved surface rather than away from it. The fragility of the balls is charming; they continually turn and vibrate in the airstream like living organisms. Each individual mechanism consists of an LED light, an air blower, and a multiphase motor with a rotation that can be precisely managed.

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Credits: Ryo Kishi (JP), Japan Foundation

This project is co-funded by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, in the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union under the S+T+ARTS programme’s Regional STARTS Centers.