Lichtsuchende are light seeking robots, with a need for food, companionship and interaction, created in collaboration with Rocio von Jungenfeld.
The Lichtsuchende are small static robotic creatures, forming an interactive digital photo-kinetic sculpture. Their movement is modelled after sunflowers turning to face then sun, in their constant search for effulgent nourishment. As well as consuming light, they can produce light, giving possibilities of exchange and communication, and an ascension up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. They are presented in the form of an interactive installation – a group of around 25 Lichtsuchende are placed in an otherwise dark room; participants enter with torches and engage with the robots, setting up cascades of movement and light, and exchanging photonic information with the cyber-society.