Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Amsterdam based Studio Drift, have teamed up with BMW to bring a drone-based performance piece to Miami Beach during Art Basel, one of the world’s premier art fairs. The flying sculpture will comprise hundreds of illuminated drones in one of the largest demonstrations of its kind.
The project was inspired by starlings and the beauty of their swarm behavior. Each bird reacts instantly to the movements of all their neighbors to function within the swarm. At the same time, every individual is trying to get to the middle of the group.
The drone performance is designed to imitate starlings in flight and, if all goes as planned, it’s sure to stand out from other pieces at the fair.
It’s all in the algorithm
“Our drones fly with autonomous behavior, like a swarm of starlings will do,” the artists said. “Every show is unique, as our murmuration algorithm creates a different flight path for our individual drones. It is the first time that a natural phenomenon will be imitated by machines working with decentralized algorithms at this scale.”
An algorithm with built-in variations — Cool!
The performance is set to take place in the skies over Miami Beach on December 6 at 9 p.m.