WERC created a digital organism, inspired by the complex patterns that exist in nature, such as flocks of birds and schools of fish. With Pixi, WERC wants to find out whether a technical natural phenomenon can imitate the complex aesthetics of nature, and whether the installation can interact with that nature. The Pixi was designed to be self-sufficient; able to survive in a natural environment. Pixies make their own choices, but they are also influenced by environmental factors from nature. Each Pixi contains a pulsating light. When we observe only a handful of Pixies, there are no discernible behavioural patterns. However, when we step back and look at them from a distance, the connections in the flock become clear and visible. A group intelligence arises that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Pixi is a light installation of Groningen based artist collective WERC, supported by the province of Drenthe (the Netherlands) commissioned by staatsbosbeheer.