Kinetic Sculpture by ART+COM Studios

ART+COM Studios designs and develops new media installations and spaces. They use new technology as an artistic medium of expression and as a medium for the interactive communication of complex information. In the process, they are improving the technologies constantly and exploring their potential for spatial communication and art.

Kinetic Sculpture-The Shapes of Things to Come was presented in 2008 at BMW Museum, Munich, Germany. In a six-square-me­tre field, 714 metal spheres are sus­pended from the ceil­ing on thin steel wires and an­i­mated with the help of me­chan­ics, elec­tron­ics and code.

The theme of the in­stal­la­tion is the form-find­ing process in car de­sign, which is per­formed in a seven-minute chore­o­graphed se­quence: at the be­gin­ning the in­stal­la­tion is in a chaotic state. No form or de­sign idea has yet been found. The spheres move in­di­vid­u­ally cre­at­ing an im­pres­sion of spa­tial white noise. Slowly the first geo­met­ric forms emerge, loosely re­lat­ing to the con­tours of the ve­hi­cle that ap­pear later. In the fol­low­ing se­quence, a suc­ces­sion of com­pet­ing forms in­ter­sect with each other, one dis­plac­ing the next. The final shape of the ve­hi­cle then emerges from this process. This nar­ra­tive is re­peated, cov­er­ing the de­sign process of five iconic cars from the com­pany’s past and pre­sent.

All images: ART+COM Studios