The ‘Swarm Light’ by rAndom International is an experimental light installation with a real ‚collective consciousness’ that subtly reacts to the viewer’s audible presence. The installation is a contemporary example of how the arbitrary boundaries of fine and decorative art, design and utility are no longer of immediate aesthetic relevance. An apparently inanimate object, ‘Swarm’ unites crucial aspects of rAndom international’s continued experimentation with light, behavioural responses and interactive spatial environments.
The viewers’ presence creates a soundscape that directly alters the behaviour of the entire environment surrounding ‘Swarm Light’. Human presence brings a basic form of artificial intelligence to life. Sounds or movement captured as light and shadow create a type of participatory and performative synæsthesia that culminates in an instinctual perception of the space, rather than a cerebral judgement.