Denis Bivour & Florian Giefer
CYGNUS is a hyper-romantic live installation on the surface of water. Eight artificial swans begin to glow and start a choreography – a surprising water ballet. Their delicate voices evolve into a poetic field of sound, as the ethereal shimmering birds circle on the water. The swans’ motion is completely autonomous and they coordinate their routes via GPS.
CYGNUS transports the viewer into the "uncanny valley", where the boundaries between digital imagination and conventional reality become blurred. The installation challenges traditional viewing habits and raises interesting questions in the dawning age of robots:
Will we preserve nature, or will future generations create their own digital creatures? And what will be the role of romanticism, which seems so deeply rooted in human nature? Is it only a fragile marginal phenomenon of an epoch that will soon be forgotten? Or will romanticism make the leap into a digital future? And if so, how might romantic images appear in this future?
CYGNUS was created by Denis Bivour and Florian Giefer (Loomaland.com). Denis Bivour, pixel tamer and 3D designer, has conceived and designed visuals for numerous live events worldwide. Florian Giefer, of the film directing duo pet&flo, is a specialist for 2D and stop-trick animation, motion control and projections.