commissioned by austria design net
'LeveL' captures the fragility of perfect systems and shows how sensitive such networks are to influences from outside and whithin.
Comissioned by Austria Design Net and curated by Thomas Geisler, the project was the Austrian project for the first London Design Biennale in 2016 whichs theme was 'Utopia by Design'
Utopian scenarios are ideal networks, full of interdependency, where personal freedom counterweights social dependency, where property equals responsibility – where each force holds its positions to balance the whole system in concinnity. In that sense utopias are very sensitive and labile for any changes from within or from the outside. This fragility is what the installation tries to capture.
Consisting out of 50 interconnected rods, 'LeveL' hangs, like a mobile, in a darkened room. Each end of the rods carries a delicate illuminated lampshade. If left by itself, the structure finds its perfect equilibrium and each end of the rods is light up to the brightest level so that the piece illuminates the room. Once somebody comes close, touches the piece, or even with a breeze of air, the installation starts tilting. Depending on the tilt of the rods, the light lowers so that it is just dimmed. With the constant imbalance of the structure, there is a continuous change of light intensity, showing that many factors have an influence on ideal systems. ‘LeveL' is an interactive piece that invites the audience to walk through the structure, see the continous changing atmosphere and think about the fragility of perfection.
electro-technical development: Simon Laburda | DKAI
project assistant: Maria Bauhofer, Elisa Polner, Theresa Ohm, Benedikt Steiner
material: carbon fibre rods, copper, metal, POM, cable, Japanese paravent paper, electric components, custom made circuit boards
dimension: approx. 680x380x350- can be slightly adapted t
austria design net
London Design Festival