SYNC, Daan Roosegaarde goes back to the landscape of his youth

The Artwork SYNC by Daan Roosegaarde in collaboration with BMWi shows the beauty of human connectivity. SYNC reveals blue contour lines as visitors step on the flexible membrane with lasers scanning underneath it. 

With more people the artwork creates shared spaces of light, making us feel our joint responsibility for a sustainable future. Premiere at Art Basel 2019.  

Art Basel  

Inspired by its innovative take on what the future of mobility will look like such as the combination of completely novel interior design using shy-tech and autonomous driving, artist Daan Roosegaarde has translated its core message into an installation creating a unique space, SYNC. It has its premiere at Art Basel 2019, June 13-16.

A new space

Starting point for the collaboration were inspiring dialogues between Daan Roosegaarde and Adrian van Hooydonk (BMW Group's Design Director) and their team of designers about the new space which the future car is becoming. Autonomous driving vehicles need a strong interaction and connectivity between humans, vehicles and their surroundings in order to flawlessly navigate cities. As we are facing more complex times this connectivity principle is also key for human interaction in today’s societies. Roosegaarde’s installation addresses this theme with new creativity and imagination, to show the importance of human connectivity and interaction.

Creating landscapes

Daan Roosegaarde: "When I was a boy I never stay inside, I always went outside. Playing in nature of the Netherlands, I was so used to personalize and customize the world around me; building tree-huts, looking at the flow of wandering ants, exploring new worlds. For me this is the essence of design; to create landscapes to which you feel connected, your mind, your body, with each other."

SYNC by Roosegaarde is an immersive art installation in which you create your own space. The artwork is a landscape of light where visitors can create their own favorite space, connect with others and visualize their ‘sense of place’. The artwork shows contour lines which become visible by walking over a flexible membrane surface having laser scanning light underneath it.

New interactive connections

Your presence physically pushes the membrane down to the floor which therefore reveals lines of light. Where you walk a circle of blue light surrounds your presence, interacting with your behavior. With more people the artwork creates shared spaces of light, making new interactive connections between people. Although high-tech, the artwork feels intuitive, with jelly-fish type of shapes occur and disappear. Accompanying the artwork is a special music soundscape, created by Berlin-based musical partnership “Tale of Us”.

Adrian van Hooydonk, design director of BMW: “Collaborations with designers and artists are a very valuable source of inspiration for me and my team. The creative exchange with Daan Roosegaarde and his approach encouraged us to research and experiment new forms of interaction."

Art inspires us to think about the future of society in a new way. The artwork SYNC not only shows the individual impact on the landscape but also how crucial our interaction is, making us feel our joint responsibility for a sustainable future.

13 juni 2019 / 16 juni 2019
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