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Video: Studio Ivana Franke.

Animated Sphere

2008. Metal construction, monofilament, light bulb, electric transformer, Diameter 105 cm.

In a pitch-black room, a maze of tiny dots of light floats in the air. As the viewer slowly walks towards them, these specks seem to move in numerous directions; one becomes immersed in some micro-universe of stars or a dancing swarm of fireflies.
Spherical metal construction (geodesic sphere) is interwoven with monofilament and suspended from the ceiling, in the middle of the room. The monofilament lines are stretched from each connecting point of the sphere to all the others.

A tiny light bulb is suspended in the center of the sphere. A visible maze of dots is created by light and reflected of the monofilament. Seeing the reflections, as much as the forms created by them, depends on the observer’s position, motion and walking pace. The imagery appears to move in relation to the observer’s exploration of the space.

Installation views: Reykjavik Experiment Marathon, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik. Photographs: Studio Ivana Franke.

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Installation views: Over exposed images. Photos: Studio Ivana Franke.

Animated Sphere in the studio.

Drawings. Geodesic sphere has 92 connection points (vertices). Each of 92 connection points (vertices) is linked to all the other 91 ones. All together, there are 4186 lines and 8372 connections embedded within the sphere.