jelly swarm   interactive origami lighting installation
dec 16, 2011
jelly swarm interactive origami lighting installation

‘jelly swarm’ by tangible interaction, with origami by joseph wu
all photos by mark montgomery

‘jelly swarm’ is an interactive lighting project created by vancouver-based tangible interaction who works in
creating sensory installations which stand as participatory experiences. the piece is comprised of ninety-four ‘jellies’,
each made from laser cut and scored Tyvek® that is then carefully hand-folded by origami artist joseph wu.
the ninety-four unit, all illuminated from within by an LED module, are suspended from a reflective aluminum structure
which reflects patterns of color and light onto the surrounding space.

each jelly unit is outfitted with an LED module

installed within the pacific canada pavilion gallery at the vancouver
, the work is part of the institution’s
holiday program ‘luminescence’ which invites guests to witness and learn
about the light phenomena which lives
in the deepest part of our seas.
‘jelly swarm’ has been developed to imitate, the natural and reactive
behaviours of
bioluminescent jellyfish which glow when they have been
disturbed. within the exhibition space,
when visitors move their hands
across plinth-mounted touchscreen interfaces, their actions cause the
jellies to respond.
if left alone, the origami forms, individually
programmed, interact with their closes neighbours,
resulting in
generative luminescent displays.

the overall structure of ‘jelly swarm’ was designed using rhino 3D with grasshopper and custom visual basic scripts


installation view

installation view

visitors interacting with ‘jelly swarm’

general view

the 154 custom triangles and 430 connectors of the ceiling structure are fabricated from 2mm 6061T6 aluminum, anodized on both sides

the aluminum reflective surface by which the ninety-four jellies are hung

installation of ‘jellyswarm’

project credits:
concept: alex beim & joseph wu
design: reynaldo tortoledo & alex beim
design assist: pam troyer & kenji rodriguez
engineering consultant: leigh christie
jelly design & fabrication: joseph wu
programming: reynaldo tortoledo & pablo gindel
electronics: dong yang & mike manning
structure fabrication: burak ataman (flexyshop)
plinth fabrication: ken sullivan at vancouver aquarium
installation: TI team & don knudson (vancouver aquarium)
electrical: evan maxwell (vancouver aquarium)
production: andy meakin
commissioned by: rebecca eames at the vancouver aquarium

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