Category : ART
By Ryo Kishi（Japan）
atOms is fragile kinetic structures. atOms is suspended in mid-air not with strings or wires, but with only air streams. Each balls is free to move in mid-air. Each balls also vibrates constantly like a creature. atOms can express wonder in frailty and instability.
Almost parts of atOms is made of acrylic. The parts are made with laser cutter. atOms consists of motor control circuits, 56 servo motors and 28 fan motors. The angle of streams is controlled with servo motors. The height of each balls are adjusted with fan motors.
No other project mastered the aesthetic possibilities as much as this - and with the use of the lightest of materials - air. The installation uses airflow to control and suspend the movement of small lightweight spheres. The components used to produce the project are easily understood, but when combined together along with the weightless quality of the white spheres, it produces a mysterious and magical quality. The result is something that goes beyond its technological sophistication. It invites us to closely view and review the installation again - to study it at different levels, for example, from the level of craftsmanship, to how people interact with it up close, to the lighting and ultimately its perfect balancing act of both tangible and non-tangible qualities.