Breathing Cloud is a monumental floating organism. Its shape is soft, curved, enticing yet intriguing. The technology was designed in such a way that its breathing rhythm is supported by the strong LED modules and a mechanism. It becomes physically bigger and smaller, embracing the surrounding space with its bright light.
Slideshow photographs: Mike Harris, artist, Jan van de Ven
More than mere illumination - an experience in itself
Floating, filled with air, Breathing Cloud moves rhythmically in the room. Its luminous presence takes up space imperturbably. Intense breathing fills the atmosphere, enticing you to stand still and consider this giant, pulsating being. Is it asleep and approachable, or is it gathering its strength?
Touch - social interactions
In China, visitors imitated its movements and encouraged each other to touch Breathing Cloud. After this experience it is preparing to break out of its cycle and start reacting to human proximity and touch.
Concept & Design
Breathing Cloud, a growing, breathing shape that takes up space and fills the atmosphere with pink light. Bathing in bright light, it exudes tranquility and spatial uninhibitedness
During Imagine 2012, an event in which art and technology met, Breathing Cloud transformed its surroundings with its light: an invitation to visitors to take a close look at a living organism.
Video production: 2012, Anne-Marie van den Thillart. Sound: DJC Recording, Manuel Cooymans.
In the media
Brabants Dagblad, 27 March 2007, Mark van de Voort
Highlights from Beijing Design Week 2011 Wallpaper.com
BJDW at D-751 weblog Dianebernet
Metropolis Magazine by Guy Horton
Cafa Art Info Chinese version
Liberation of Light ON TOUR in Guangzhou on Vimeo
Officiele site BJDW
BeijingDesignWeek on Flickr
Publication Liberation of Light pdf (2,6 Mb)
Interview Asian Lighting (1 Mb)
Strp Art & Technology, Eindhoven (NL)
Melkweg mediaroom, Amsterdam (NL)
Beijing Design Week, Beijing (China)
FILE2017, Sao Paulo (Brasil)
International Light Art Museum, Unna (Germany)
Melkweg Mediaroom 2009, STRP Art & Technology 2009 / Mike Harris
Kruithuis 2007 / Jan van de Ven
2007-2013, Dorette Sturm.
Length 480 cm, width 260 cm, height 200 cm. Other dimensions on request.
Spinnaker cloth, aluminium, LEDs, mechanism, loudspeakers, electronics and software.