• Coded Coincidence for 'DRIFT: Fragile Future’ at The Shed, New York, 2021. Photo by Dario Lasagni

  • Coded Coincidence for 'DRIFT: Fragile Future’ at The Shed, New York, 2021. Photo by Dario Lasagni

Coded Coincidence

A moving sculpture

Coded Coincidence is a luminous installation, in which audiences are mesmerized by multitudes of shimmering lights, whose movements mirror the flight pattern of elm seeds as they are directed by the forces of the wind each spring. By highlighting the coincidental, unexpected paths of these “dancing seeds,” the installation explores the necessity and beauty of coincidence and its essential role in our natural processes and evolution.

Details

Materials: PET mat  PCBs. Reinforced for optimal antenna reception.

Measures Installation (L x W x H): 10.3 x 3.8 x 6 m

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Coded Coincidence manipulates the movement of original elm seeds to perform a choreography, based on their natural flight pattern. The work is a spherical experience, presented in an isolated situation to simulate the power and will of nature. 16 steerable and movable wind-blowers direct the wind to lift of the seeds in a way that’s partly natural, partly artificial. The pattern emerged from DRIFT’s ongoing research into movement of natural phenomena. 

Around the time, DRIFT starts harvesting dandelions for Fragile Future, we saw the seeds of the elm tree twirling round through the city of Amsterdam. Their size, weight and form are engineered by nature to flow delicately on the slightest stream of air to find a place, to survive and to bring new life. DRIFT is fascinated by these biological ideas of nature, that seem random but always have a purpose. We aim to understand the behaviour of this natural phenomenon to use for human applications. 

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Images

Coded Coincidence for ‘DRIFT: Fragile Future’ at The Shed, New York, 2021. Photo by Dario Lasagni 
Coded Coincidence for ‘DRIFT: Fragile Future’ at The Shed, New York, 2021. Photo by Dario Lasagni