Cymatic Pool + Pixel Park

Bigert & Bergström have created two commissioned works of art for the new Ericsson headquarters in Kista outside of Stockholm.

Cymatic Pool is an interactive sculptural installation that visitors can communicate with through their mobile phones. Cymatics is the study of how sound vibrations create visible patterns and shapes in materials such as fluids and sand. In China there are thousand-year-old singing fountains that react to a hand rubbing a metal bowl filled with water.

The work of art Cymatic Pool has its own phone number (+46735490369) you can call. After awaiting a tone and instructions, you can use the volume and pitch of your own voice to make the basin vibrate and shake. The surface is transformed into a shifting pattern, from gentle ripples to violent bubbling. The voice and sounds are converted into physical form and a new linguistic interface is created. The scene is framed by a polished stainless steel edge with a sweeping, wavelike shape that calls to mind the movement of the water. The metal echoes the temperament and reflections of the water, making it a part of the living surface of the pool.

Another courtyard at the headquarters has been transformed into a park, in which parts of the vegetation have been pixellated and transformed into three-dimensional objects. The work of art Pixel Park features thousands of cubes of varying shades of green and brown, combining to form sculptures of a tree, a bush and a climbing vine. The digital technology that pulsates throughout Ericsson’s headquarters appears to have spread to nature itself, creating low-resolution shapes where technology and biology have merged.

The digital design language has spread further, to square planters containing edible plants such as lettuce, tomato and basil, in strictly boxed-off sections. The pixel sculptures emerge and blend with the vegetation, which was allowed to run wild at the end of the season. The paving stones also consist of squares in a grey and white pixellated pattern. If you look carefully, you can see they form a QR code in a gigantic, user-unfriendly format.

The language of communication is continually evolving, and in the distant future the digital analogies of the courtyard will probably be perceived as incomprehensible ornamentation with abstract shapes in an environment of primitive planters. Perhaps by that time, communication between humans will have been replaced by the chemical signalling language of the lettuce and tomatoes.

Cymatic Pool
420 x 420 x 40 cm
Stainless steel, vibrators, AC drive,
computer, water, mobile phone
Photo: Måns Berg
Bigert & Bergström 2013

Images


Cymatic Pool
420 x 420 x 40 cm
Stainless steel, vibrators, AC drive,
computer, water, mobile phone
Photo: Måns Berg
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Cymatic Pool
420 x 420 x 40 cm
Stainless steel, vibrators, AC drive,
computer, water, mobile phone
Photo: Måns Berg
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Cymatic Pool
420 x 420 x 40 cm
Stainless steel, vibrators, AC drive,
computer, water, mobile phone
Photo: Måns Berg
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Cymatic Pool
420 x 420 x 40 cm
Stainless steel, vibrators, AC drive,
computer, water, mobile phone
Photo: Måns Berg
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Pixel Park
QR code paving
Various sizes
Photo: Måns Berg
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Pixel Park, Tree
2200 anodized aluminum cubes
150 x 70 cm
Photo: Måns Berg
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Pixel Park, Vine
3200 anodized aluminum cubes
160 x 85 cm
Photo: Måns Berg
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Pixel Park, Bush
450 anodized aluminum cubes
50 x 35 cm
Photo: Måns Berg
Bigert & Bergström 2013

Contact

Studio Bigert & Bergström

Address:
Västmannagatan 73
113 26 Stockholm
Sweden

Email:
post@bigertbergstrom.com

Mats Bigert
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 52
Email:
bigert@bigertbergstrom.com

Lars Bergström
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 53
Email:
bergstrom@bigertbergstrom.com

Represented by:
Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Cis Art Lodgers, Barcelona

 

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