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Flux – A 3D Printed Kinetic Sculpture that Plays with our Perception of Reality


Flux – 3D Printing and Light Support Visual Perception at Play

Recently, we found a very interesting project by three students of the KISD in Köln, Germany. We happily share this intriguing project with you and kindly introduce you to ‘Flux’ – a sculpture that displays an animation in the open space playing with the visual perception of the audience. Come with us and discover!

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Any information that’s been picked up by the eye is forwarded to our brains. From there, it is processed, interpreted and translated into sensory impressions. More or less, visual perception is the ‘product’ of filtering and narrowing down data to something usefull. It finally enables us to depict our environment distinctly.

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Flux by KISD – playing with visual perception in the open physical space.

Flux – Open Space Animation

Flux envisioned a sculpture that displays an animation in the open physical space. Interestingly enough, the sphere is constructed according to the fibonacci sequence. It rotates at a certain speed and gets illuminated in a very specific frequency.

The animation can be seen just by looking at it with your eyes. Usually, additional devices such as lights or filters are used to create a strobe effect. For this project, no external devices or a cameras were used to create the effects. The fibonacci sequence thereby isn’t anything that only appeals to mathematicians, but is of great significance in the process of understanding aesthetics and harmony as a whole – it’s impressing anyone, in as far as an impression can be expressed as visual perception.

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Flux – bill-of-materials: assembled from a variety of components.

Inspired by ‘Blooms’, Designed and Engineered by KISD Students

The project was designed and engineered by Frederik Scheve, Janno Ströcker & Dieter Pilger, three students of the Köln International School of Design. More information is also available at the project website.