The meeting with Zuidas Art Projects and their initiative to think about a work of art in the Boelgracht gave me enormous inspiration. In my mind’s eye I saw fish, insects and aquatic plants that will emerge in the new canal, and the people who live, work and recreate around the water. I also saw that during the day people were flowing in and out of the metro, into the streets and the buildings.
I wanted to make that new life and current visible and I imagined a school of fish that always swim more efficiently in formation than as fish alone.
The mechanism of the fan is the basis of my autonomous work and in my head it combined, together with the fish, into a recognizable, moving image. With the pivot point as center, so that three different shapes can always be created.
The Stop Motion above gives an idea of ‘The fish of the Zuidas’. Ultimately, it would be nice if 16 fish would move evenly with the wind and change shape in a graceful formation above the water of De Boelgracht. For this, I am trying to figure out whether I can make ‘The fish’ react kinetically to the wind. With the help of IoT I want to make them respond to rain and the day and night rhythm; the circumstances change the artwork – just like a real school of fish – in one joint movement of shape and volume.
In nature, the fish formation moves intuitively, without any guidance. In order to make my fish to change shape above the water, some direction is needed. I work with a number of specialists in the field of kinetic energy, artificial intelligence, renewable energy and space industry to be able to mimic that unity in motion.
By making ‘the fish’ change shape so clearly in response to the elements, I want to make people visually aware of these elements. Since we usually run around with all sorts of plans in mind, we forget to notice them. It can be a nice reminder that the balance between the elements is essential for our survival; an ecological visual reminder.