Studio Edwin van der Heide
Evolving Spark Network

Evolving Spark Network uses 80 identical spark bridges distributed regularly in the form of a monumental grid above the audience. The sparks are a metaphor for the electrical impulses by which our nerves communicate information. Just as neurons form networks in our bodies, the spark bridges form an interconnected network in the exhibition space. The movements of visitors in the installation space are detected by means of motion detection sensors and used to activate the network. Complexity arises through the interrelations between the individual spark bridges. The networked structure forms the starting point for an installation in which the result is more then the sum of the individual elements but could never exist without these individual elements. The result is a 'cosmos' of sparks with its own rules and behavior.

Evolving Spark Network is a multi sensory installation. The sparks produce both sound and light. The generated patterns have distinct visual and sonic qualities. The use of sound makes it possible to perceive the space as a whole. With our eyes we’re always focusing on something (while not focusing on the rest) but with our ears we perceive the whole space around us.

The electric spark represents beauty, purity and simplicity. It is one of the most elementary ways of creating light, and the produced impulse generates the shortest imaginable sound. Composing with these impulses can be seen as one of the most fundamental forms of composition in time and space.

 
Evolving Spark Network at STRP 2011, Eindhoven, Netherlands
 
Evolving Spark Network at V2_ institute for the unstable media, Rotterdam, Netherlands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Evolving Spark Network displayed as proposal for the W-hal of Eindhoven Technical University
 
 
 
credits
concept: Edwin van der Heide
realization: Evolving Spark Network has been realized in the form of a coproduction between V2_Lab and Edwin van der Heide