PBAI mimics human sensations in digital epiphyte chamber
PBAI mimics human sensations in digital epiphyte chamber PBAI mimics human sensations in digital epiphyte chamber
dec 18, 2013

PBAI mimics human sensations in digital epiphyte chamber

PBAI mimics human sensations in digital epiphyte chamber
all images courtesy of philip beesley architect inc.




envisioned as an archipelago of interconnected halo-like masses, the ‘epiphyte chamber’ by canadian studio PBAI philip beesley architect inc. mimics human sensations through subtle, coordinated movements. conceived as an ‘epiphyte’, an aerial plant species that can grow without the support of soil, the immersive sculpture explores artificial intelligence, digital fabrication and interactive technologies to create a near-living environment. across each floating island, densely interwoven structures and delicate canopies made of thousands of lightweight components are drawn together in harmonious breathing and whispers. hovering fabric helps to frame the suspended pieces, lined with bulging, fluid-filled vessels and glands. the faunal groups contain metabolisms with chemicals, which move in response to slow reactions.



‘epiphyte chamber’
video courtesy of philip beesley architect



walking into the womb-like space, small clusters of activity are interlinked with larger gathering areas. the interactive system includes embedded machine intelligence that invites human interaction to trigger breathing, caressing, and swallowing motions. the ‘epiphyte chamber’ is part of the inaugural aleph exhibition at the museum of modern and contemporary art in seoul, korea. the work is currently on display through march 16, 2014.



the sculpture acts as a personal, intimate environment, drawing viewers with movement and sound


the chamber is composed of various levels and canopies of systems, with light, sound, and movement layered across its body



nestled high within sculpture, chemical systems act as vinegar batteries, supplying the sculpture with light



a ghost-like canopy flows out of the sculpture



epiphyte chamber offers a vision of personal architecture; one that responds and interacts with its occupants



sensors and actuators dispersed along tentacle-like arms respond to the movement of viewers



the sculpture gently flicks toward a viewer’s outstretched hand



line shared hexagon plans and section



organic cell unit elevation



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  • Anxiously awaiting the next Philip Beesley exhibition in the US. The most intriguing work I’ve seen in ages!

    Michele Alise says:

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