Species of Illumination
The movement of living creatures triggers sensations, emotions and communication.
"The movement of living creatures triggers sensations, emotions and communication," says Bob de Graaf. Fascinated with autonomous movement, he has created ‘Species of Illumination’; two lights that act and react like autonomous creatures. Wallace responds to changes in light intensity in its environment and brings light to the darkest corners. Darwin searches for sunlight to charge its battery during the daytime, and in the evening wanders around the house, ‘accompanying’ us with its light. The interaction and emotional relationship they bring contribute to our well being. They behave like pets. They are lively lights you can play with.
The two lamps in the Species of Illumination series: the Wallace lamp, which affixes to the ceiling, and the Darwin desk lamp.
"The interaction and emotional relationship Wallace and Darwin bring contribute to people’s wellbeing, in the same way that pets do. My inspiration comes mainly from nature. In nature everything moves all the time, some things really quickly, others really slowly, but nothing has a fixed form or place. That’s why I think it’s really interesting to work with movement, instead of denying it and working with fixed forms."
"We see movement in inanimate objects, often because of the pose they are in - a pose can suggest movement. I think movement is a fascination for everybody. Movement is something that automatically grabs your attention. It could mean danger, or be attractive. Either way it is communicating something, whether it is living or not. I think my lights are very much animate objects. At this point I’m still pretty sure they are not alive, but I think there will be a moment where the boundaries become more blurred!"
"I am a big fan of Wall-E, I think Pixar did a really great job in showing how a robot can be adorable. I hope my Species of Illumination project will bring wonder and joy. The interaction you can have with the lamps, and their sometimes unpredictable movements, makes you want to play with them. I think the power of play is underestimated.”