rAndom international: before the rain
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sep 12, 2012
rAndom international: before the rain



‘future self’, 2012
aluminium, custom electronics, 3D cameras, LEDs, brass rods
1200 x 1500 x 3450 mm
commissioned and supported by MADE, berlin
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rAndom international: before the rain
carptenters workshop gallery, paris
on now until december 21st, 2012

known for their kinetic artworks and interactive installations, london-based studio rAndom international take over paris’
carpenters workshop gallery
with ‘before the rain’, an exhibition which provides a survey of the collective’s practice
since they first started in 2005. the show chronicles the studio’s shift in focus – from their initial days of inception to the present –
from the object to the experience, in which older works are presented alongside new projects at an extent never before seen.

‘an awful lot happens without people being aware. they come to certain conclusions and even performs actions without
ever really, consciously considering why. this is what forms both the impetus and the investigation of the studio’s work;
we experiment. we attempt to simulate the natural by reducing the subtleties of behaviour down to the minimum required
for recognition to explore our own, human, existence.
‘ -random international


rAndom international explains ‘future self’ to designboom

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‘future self’ is a study in human movement. the installation captures
movement in light to create a three dimensional ‘living sculpture’
based on the composite gestures surrounding it, mirroring the actions of those who pass around it. entirely hand-made,
30,000 LED lights line the brass rods which are arranged to create a structure reminiscent of a rectangular prism,
3D cameras record people’s motions which are expressed through a ghostly, illuminated image, constantly changing.
see more about ‘future self here.



the installation captures movement in light, creating a three dimensional ‘living’ sculpture
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the rods of LED lights record the movement of those who stand in front of it, offering an ethereal presence
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general view of the installation
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‘swarm light’, 2010
LEDs, polished brass rods, custom circuit boards, custom driver software and hardware, behavioural algorithm, sound / motion sensors, computer & interface
3 cubes of 810 x 810 mm
edition of 8 + 4AP
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‘swarm light’ translates patterns of collective behaviour found in nature into moving light.
the viewer is invited into a responsive relationship with the interactive work itself, and its surrounding sphere.
the installation reacts to the sound of its onlookers and the illuminated swarm animates the space. 
see more about ‘swarm light’ here.


three cubes composed of polished brass rods translate viewers movement into moving light

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general view
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brass rods of LEDs compose the cubed frameworks
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bird’s-eye view
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