May.26, 2013

Polish company Platige Image jointly with Bridge created BIOSTAGOG – an amazing interactive sculpture which combines algorithmic design, 3D printing, mapping and interaction.

The task was to create a statement piece for Platige Image lobby space in its headquarter in Warsaw. "The primary goal was to create a spatial canvas so that each artist working at Platige could add their creative content to it and the visitors could become engaged as well", says Mikołaj Molenda, Bridge's creative director. Both teams took part in creative direction of the project. Original concept came from Platige Image which acted as a client and as part of the project team simultaneously.

The shape of the installation was generated by a custom algorithm developed with Rhino Grasshopper. Using algorithms in design allows designers to create highly complex forms and quick analysis of each version.

"We decided to use 3D printing to build the installation because it provides high precision. Direct correspondence between physical realization and digital model was crucial for interactive mapping to work on such complex structure." says Michał Piasecki, another creative director at Bridge.

The installation is composed of 3160 cells that were divided into over 800 panels to fit into printers working space.

The printing was done using ZMorph printers based on the open-source RepRap machines. The extruder head deposits the printed material using a 0.5mm nozzle. "5 machines where used 24 hours, 7 days a week for 3 months to print it." says the team.

The video mapping animating the installation is designed as a multi-level structure that reacts to information collected from its surroundings; it's generated in real time, with people and their behavior serving as an attractor for the installation.

"The installation begins to exhibit multiple behaviors when people are present in the lobby. They become an attractor for the projection which mirrors their silhouettes when they remain in front of it for a while." says Adam Wierzchowski, R&D Lead at Platige Image.

It warms up with light and color and adds a very human touch to the workplace."

Credit: Platige Image


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JD90 wrote at 9/9/2013 9:03:20 PM:

Looks nice.

Michal wrote at 5/27/2013 9:56:51 PM:

It is ABS @ 0,38mm layer

bonooobong wrote at 5/26/2013 7:29:59 PM:

awesome concept, which material did they use for printing? if it's PLA, the design might be more sustainable.

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