A swarm of one hundred creatures settles in the trees of the Mediterranean park upon the hills of Palma where Joan Miró used to live and find his inspiration. At the break of dawn the silent population becomes a vivid collective that assimilates sunlight into organic and chaotic sounds and movements.

The hanging creatures have a solid skin made of hand-crotched isolated wire to protect their simple analogue electronic organs. These are connected to tentacles that wind up the trees to collect as much sunlight as possible. Fed by light each corpus releases a repetitive monotonous movement accompanied by a a rather technical sound. Gathered as a swarm the individual output is merged into an organic soundscape and a united motion that feels natural and merges with the environment.

The electronic-life-forms installation ‘colmena’ by Pascal Glissmann and Martina Höfflin is the winner of the Pilar Juncosa and Sotheby’s Award in 2009.

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