The Hive

Interactive Kinetic Light Installation, 2008

KMA’s interactive light instalation The Hive premiered in Grand Canal Square, Dublin, on February 1st 2008, and ran to great acclaim until February 9th. The piece was commissioned to celebrate the opening of Dublin’s new Science Gallery and was presented by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority in collaboration with the Science Gallery.

To a score by Philip Glass, over 5000 visitors engaged in encounters with otherworldly life forms and environments; at times, swarms of tiny insect-like creatures flew through the space and swarmed around the audience, weaving and flowing across the stage. Behind the scenes, computer models of swarms, cellular automata and fluid dynamics drove the projections, providing a link between the real world and this science-fiction fantasy.

The Hive is a public shared experience consisting entirely of projected light and sound through which the audience can come and go. By entering the work the audience take control of one part of an interactive opera which is driven by their movements and the changing rhythms and timbres of the music.

Performance History

2008 Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland

Press & Media

The Hive was commissioned to celebrate the opening of Dublin’s new Science Gallery, and the work received considerable press attention, including a large image and preview article on page three of the Irish Times.

Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler were also invited to give a talk about KMA’s work at the Science Gallery on its opening day.

Video – The Hive


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