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Interactive Jellyfish Swarm

The ancient Japanese paper-folding art form, known as origami, is fused with modern sensory technology in this interactive light installation called Jelly Swarm. Vancouver-based Tangible Interaction has collaborated with origami expert Joseph Wu to conceive and produce the interactive display that features 94 paper-crafted jellyfish, which they refer to as “jellies.”

Each jelly is illuminated by an LED module and changes color based upon interaction. The idea behind the show is to mimic the vibrant response system of the jellyfish found in the British Columbia coast. As such, the jellies are programmed to reflect light and respond to disturbances caused by human interaction. The installation is currently on display at the Vancouver Aquarium until January 2, 2012 as part of the holiday program that is celebrating aquatic light entitled Luminescence.

Photo credit: Mark Montgomery
Tangible Interactive's website and Joseph Wu's website
via [designboom]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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