Philip Beesley – Anthozoan Veil
‘Anthozoan Veil’ is a living sculpture that has been growing like a coral reef, a scaffolding populated with colonies that communicate with one another and the festival visitor through movement and light. As a whole, the porous installation aims to function as an layered, living system, triggered by curiosity.
The life-sized work is the long-awaited result of the Crossing Parallels residency by Philip Beesley at the Delft University of Technology. The multidisciplinary architect and designer has been developing the interactive sculpture in close collaboration with Henriette Bier (Robotic Building, Faculty of Architecture), Aadjan van der Helm (Interactive Environments, Faculty of Industrial Design), their staff and students.
After months of sharing knowledge, ideas and logistical preparations, this interactive installation has been designed and built during a one-week interfaculty student workshop.
Philip Beesley is a practising visual artist, architect, a professor in Architecture at the University of Waterloo and a professor of Digital Design and Architecture & Urbanism at the European Graduate School. Beesley is an internationally recognized expert and pioneer in kinetic, responsive, near-living architectural installations. His work is widely cited in contemporary art and architecture, focused in the rapidly expanding technology and culture of responsive and interactive systems.
Beesley is the primary investigator of the Living Architecture Systems Group, which brings together researchers and industry partners in a multidisciplinary research cluster dedicated to developing built environments with qualities that come close to life— environments that can move, respond, and learn, with metabolisms that can exchange and renew their environments, and which are adaptive and empathic towards their inhabitants.
This piece is presented in collaboration with Crossing Parallels, a residency programme by TodaysArt and the Delft University of Technology. Special thanks to students of Robotic Building and the Minor Interactive Environments participating in the workshops and the staff of the Science Centre Delft. Photo by Fred Leeflang.