With Pixi, WERC created a digital organism in which art, technology and nature come together. With this piece of light-art, WERC investigated whether a technical simulation of a natural phenomenon is capable of imitating the complex patterns of nature.

The Pixi originated from WERC's fascination for the biological processes that take place within a group of organisms such as a flock of starlings, a group of fireflies and a school of fish. WERC studied the movements of these types of groups and the choices that an individual makes within such a group.

The Pixi is a digital organism with a pulsating light. It makes its own choices, but is also influenced by environmental factors. The Pixies are designed to be self-sustaining so that they can survive in a natural environment.

The piece of art, consisting of more than a thousand wirelessly communicating LED lights that respond to each other and to the visitor, was purchased by Staatsbosbeheer (Forestry Commision) to create more experience in the forest during the short, dark winter days.

With Pixi, WERC presents an internationally acclaimed piece of light-art that gives visitors a unique and visually stunning experience through the forests of Drenthe.

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The artist collective WERC consists of different teams working on various disciplines. Characteristic for the collective is their experiments with new media and techniques; they are always looking for new configurations and challenges. Their shared fascination is the connection that bridges the digital and the physical world. This connection is visible in almost all their work. The artist collective WERC consists of Joachim Rümke, Olav Huizer, Joachim de Vries, and Jelle Valk. It is located in Groningen. Have a look at their website for examples of various projects.


You can visit Pixi from October until December.
Every Wednesday and Saturday.