It can be argued that all art is alive in some way, but Dutch design studio Toer has created an interactive light sculpture that seems to actually live, breathe, and react to its environment.
Fiet is a light fixture covered with hundreds of cones. Under normal circumstances, it moves gently and slowly, almost as if it is breathing. But a loud noise changes its behavior instantly.
A shout, a clap, a loud bang – any sudden noise causes it to immediately act like it is stressed out. It may shake or “breathe” more quickly, giving the same physical indications that an animal would when startled.
The light fixture/sculpture explores the boundaries of materials and our interactions with them. Sculptures and light fixtures alike are typically static objects, but the Fiet challenges our notions of the way we can observe and interact with the things around us.
“Fiet is an interactive light object that visualizes the emotional impact of movement. The object is built out of hundreds of cones which emphasize the motion of the surface. The points of the cones move closer to each other or expand when the skin is moving. All this happens by the influence of sounds surrounding the object. You will see the sculpture become stressed when there is a sudden noise, but when it ’s quiet and peaceful it will move in a comfortable manner. It ’s like a living organism that interacts with its environment.”
“Toer is a multidisciplinary design collective from the Netherlands, founded in 2011 by Castor Bours (1984) and Wouter Widdershoven (1986).
With a strong exploratory and experimental approach, they can push both the technical and aesthetic limits of design across a wide range of applied arts. From light objects and installations to interactive experiences and innovative products. Toer has received worldwide attention for projects such as ‘Cumulus’, an autonomous parasol that inflates into a cloud-like shape with solar energy. ‘Fiet’, a kinetic light sculpture that reacts to changes in its environment, and ‘Shaped by Time’, a clock that forms itself over time.”