Fluidum steals the image of reality and disintegrates it into individual fragments, which the sculpture mixes, transforms and puts into new and unexpected contexts of its own accord. It is inspired by the experience of a prehistoric man gazing in wonder at the surface of the water in which he sees himself for the first time. The mirror thus offers a parallel between a technology-laden present in which it is increasingly difficult to stop, reflect deeply and ask: “Who are we? Where are we going?”
A robotic sculpture composed of 85 robotically controlled mirrors representing a vertical water surface. Arranged in a strictly geometric pattern, these mirrors hypnotically ripple, morph and transform the viewer's own reflection and thoughts.
The work is a sequel to the successful 2019 installation Reflection, which Petr Vacek created in collaboration with Adam Cigler for the Prague Signal light festival and which is now touring audiovisual art festivals around the world. The Fluidum sculpture, however, was created specifically for the World Expo. Compared to Reflection, it opens up a third dimension of mirror movement and pushes the boundaries of the viewer’s experience to a more intimate level.
”85 mirrors moving so fluidly one would think they are the waves of the ocean.
Complex artpiece such as Fluidum won’t be possible to build without a team of skilled experts from PrusaLab makerspace. If Fluidum were a movie, there people would be mentioned in the end credits:
Tereza Vaníková, Ondřej Kašpárek, Roman Schiller
firmware, electronics, network
Stanislav Wasserbauer, Lukáš Kramer, Michal Trnečka, Aleks Ristić, Bedřich Štěpánek, Martin Šťastný, Jan Jakš, Leoš Hort, Jiří Tyl, Gabi Novotná, Max Klimeš
Jiří Tyl, Jakub Kmošek, Vojtěch Bartoš
special thanks to
Jiří Zemánek (kinematics), Aleš Hrabě (coding)