Somerset House Edmond J. Safra Fountain Courtyard, London UK
99 robotic mirrors, mist, sun, wind
18,500mm x 4,800mm x 8,100mm
99 robotic mirrors continuously move throughout the day to follow the sun like sunflowers. These mirrors, arrayed across two 5 meter tall towers and one 15 meter long track, each emit a beam of sunlight into a cloud of water mist. The beams are computationally aligned so that together they draw a bright circle in the air. Dependent entirely on the presence of the sun for its completion, the work explores the possibilities and limitations of technology to capture what is out of reach, to harness nature and bring the sun down to earth. Collaborating with the natural fluctuations in the climate, Halo appears only for moments when the wind, sun, water, and technology coincide, creating a form which exists between the material and immaterial.
The installation superimposes diverse timescales. The sun is beyond humanity’s timeline; as the solar energy interacts with the earth, it creates the clouds which occasionally pause the installation as they shadow the mirrors; The daily passage of the sun across the sky is traced out by the mirrors moving in tandem; The sun forces the wind which, second-to-second, catches the mist and chaotically carries it into the focused sunlight, drawing the halo. The moment that Halo emerges in the air, it briefly superimposes the transience of momentary experience with the immutability of the sun.
Halo’s open source navigation system uses Bayesian inference machine learning developed in collaboration with London's Improbable Worlds Limited. It is the first project where studio Kimchi and Chips worked with natural light as a material and collaborated with the unpredictability of the weather.
미스트가 흐르는 허공에 안착한 99가닥의 빛줄기들은 원을 그리며 태양을 형상화한다.
Arts Council Korea and Arts Council England Joint Funding
2017 Gwangju Design Biennale
Korean Cultural Centre UK
Mathematical modelling in collaboration with
Kimchi and Chips
Kimchi and Chips
Creative Applications / June 2018
Designboom / July 2018