“Curious Minds” is a new design exhibition at the Israel Museum that explores the social, cultural, and ethical consequences of new technologies and reconsiders the issues of human behavior that have so pervaded art and design since the dawn of the industrial revolution. One particularly striking piece on display hails from the Netherlands, a light fixture called Fragile Future III that is composed of soft glowing orbs of real dandelions suspended on a three-dimensional geometric sculpture that hearkens back to the stylized designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Fragile Future III consists of a system of modules, with each module composed from a visible circuit with three “dandelights.” The modules can come together in infinite combinations, joining to form custom installations that accommodate each space and atmosphere. According to the designers at the Dutch firm Studio Drift, the light fixture tells the story of “the amalgamation of nature and technology,” and how “these two extremes have made a pact to survive.” The permanence of the skeletal frame of circuits interacts precariously with the fleeting quality of its glowing spores, and their delicate balance charts new territory in which technology and nature coexist in harmony.
[All images courtesy Studio Drift]