Protrude, Flow


Back in 2002 Sachiko Kodama and Minako Takeno created living sculptures with Ferrofluids - oily substances filled with tiny particles that respond to magnetism. From the website:

The sounds in the exhibition place (sounds created by artists, and voices of spectators) are caught by a microphone hanging from the ceiling, and then a computer converts the sound amplitude to electromagnetic voltage which determines the strength of the magnetic field. At the same time, the magnetic fluid changes its three-dimensional patterns sequentially. Each pattern appears synchronized to the environmental sound and the points of the shapes move correspondingly. As a result, magnetic fluid pulsates according to the sound.

The results are pretty spectacular.

You can see more videos here.

Protrude, Flow.