Atom [2007]

Performance for a matrix of 64 illuminated gas balloons and sound

A room is filled with deep, evolving noises from a four-channel sound system. An eight-by-eight array of white, self-illuminated spheres floats in space like the atoms of a complex molecule. Through variable positioning and illumination of each atom, a dynamic display sculpture comes into being, composed of physical objects, patterns of light, and synchronous rhythmical and textural sonic events.Change, sound, and movement converge into a larger form.

The height of each helium balloon is adjusted with a computer-controlled cable winch, whilst the internal illumination is accomplished using dimmable super-bright LEDs, creating a pixel in a warped 8x8 spatial matrix.

Atom/Document CD

In 2008 the music for the performance has been reworked and made into a CD and vinyl album release.


Images on this page taken at the TESLA-Berlin premiere on september 15 2007 and during the performance at Centre Pompidou in April 2008. More Photos: Image Gallery


An interview with Robert Henke and Christopher Bauder can be found here


Created by Peter Kern of Create Digital Music


Balloon motion control: Christopher Bauder
Music, sound design & LED patterns: Robert Henke
Photos on this page by Justine Lera 2007
Software and hardware engineered by C.Bauder, Till Beckmann and Holger Pecht / whiteVoid