Movie: Cloud by Troika


Troika have sent us a video of Cloud, a digital artwork they designed for the luxury lounges at the new Heathrow Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport near London (see our earlier story).

The 5m-long piece is covered in 4638 "flip-dots" - discs coloured black on one side and silver on the other - that are controlled by a computer to flip and create moving patterns. More info on this project plus photos on Troika's website.

Here's an explanation from Troika:

Troika has been commissioned by Artwise Curators to create a signature piece at the entrance of the new British Airways luxury lounges in Heathrow Terminal 5. We created for them ‘Cloud’, a five meter long digital sculpture whose surface is covered with 4638 flip-dots that can be individually addressed by a computer to animate the entire skin of the sculpture.

Flip-dots were conventionally used in the 70s and 80s to create signs in train-stations and airports. We were fascinated by their materiality, by the way they physically flip from one side to the other. The sound they generate is also instantly reminiscent of travel, and we therefore decided to explore their aesthetic potential in ‘Cloud’.

By audibly flipping between black and silver, the flip-dots create mesmerising waves as they chase across the surface of ‘Cloud’. Reflecting its surrounding colours, the mechanical mass is transformed into an organic form that appears to come alive, shimmering and flirting with the onlookers that pass by from both above and below.

Posted on Friday January 25th 2008 at 10:51 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • laura lvs markus.

    Very graceful! What programs are driving the patterning? Contemporary, smooth work.

  • bald skull

    fucking dope!

  • Incredible Thing !

    Well done !

  • Sam

    ooh, so Vegas!

  • Amazing project, really pushes issues of interactivity and kinetics.

  • SerenaTrab

    *clap clap clap*

  • jak3m

    Very nice.
    Hopefully I’ll see this on 10th Feb (going to Dubai via Heathrow)

  • Andrew

    Well done!

    When I saw the pictures of this, it looked interesting, but the video makes one realize just how beautiful it is!

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