Pluto Festival, Belgium & Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole, Copenhagen
Opwijk, Belgium & Copenhagen, Denmark - 2009
In August 2009 the second iteration of the pneumatic Epithelium series, entitled Sargasso Cloud, was completed in collaboration with CITA: Center for Information Technology and Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy.
This project was exhibited at the Pluto Festival in Opwijk, Belgium, and later within the exhibition "Climate and Architecture" from November 20, 2009 - December 20, 2009 at the Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole - Exhibition hall, Copenhagen. The exhibition was related to the Cop15 World summit showcasing the challenges and new solutions for future architecture.
The piece incorporated a lightweight sculptural field housing arrays of organic batteries within a lattice system that might reinforce new growth. The system employed a dense series of very thin whiskers and vibrating burrowing leg mechanisms, and supported low-power miniature lights, pulsing and shifting in slight increments. Repeating clusters of bladders stood within the field of tripods. The cell wiring was arranged in series, feeding into miniature electronic circuits that gathered the weak currents and emitted pulses of power when sufficient strength accumulated.