Fearful Symmetry

Designer | Artist Ruairi Glynn
Year 2017

Encouraging the public to suspend their disbelief and play with the living luminaire, the more people engaged gesturally with the work, the more enthusiastic its responses would be. Reciprocally the agile performer responded with behaviours choreographed with the collaboration of a team of puppeteers giving the machine its uncannily human character. If visitors were stationary it would hover over them, slowly turning mechanically and abstractly, almost mocking their inanimateness. With the subtlest change from mechanical to smooth fluid motion, the work transformed from a lifeless platonic solid, to a living breathing performer.