What if the buildings around you were alive, and responded to your touch? Hylozoism - the theory that everything is alive - is the philosophy behind Philip Beesley’s Hylozoic Series: Sibyl, an exhibit at the border of architecture and science fiction that is now on display in Australia at the 18th Biennale of Sydney.
Equal parts robotics, chemistry and prototypical architecture, the exhibit is a distributed network of interactive, moving and almost living elements. “I would say this is a work of sculpture and a work of architecture,” says Beesley, a Canadian artist and architect.
At first glance, the installation appears to be a rainforest winter wonderland suspended from the ceiling. But it is anything but whimsical: the technology behind this responsive environment can be found in touchscreens, and the science could inform the future of architecture.