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‘Bits and Pieces’ are Exploding and Contracting Hoberman Spheres

This project by artist Nils Völker was recently on view at NOME Gallery in Berlin:

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The installation consists out of 108 so-called Hoberman spheres hanging in the middle of the exhibition space. The mass-produced children toys are made from countless interconnected colorful plastic levers and can expand itself to a multiple of their size. Each one is moved by a servo motor and individually controlled by a micro-controller thus organic waves appear to move throughout the space although each single plastic ball simply expands and contracts at the right time.

The project archive is here and read more in this German-language Wired interview.


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