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Invisible Sphere – Johnathan Schipper

  • On August 10, 2006

interactive architecture

interactive architecture

A 5.5 foot diameter sphere covered with video monitors & surveillance cameras. each monitor displays a live video feed from a camera placed on the opposite side of the sphere. the sphere, created by Jonathan Schipper , can be rolled around in its environment. it is a surveillance device that reveals what is just beyond it. its scale & mobility defy secrecy.

Video Interview of Jonathan by Coolhunting 

interactive architecture

215 Points of View

via infosthetics via Rhizome

also see create digital motion


  1. Arnaud

    This is very brazilian-esque. Both aesthtically and conceptually.

  2. In what way exactly?

  3. Arnaud

    It fits exactly the lo-fi look of brazil universe. The guts of the “machine” are visible, nothing’s hidden. It is solely designed according to its purpose which creates its very own aesthetics standards.
    It could also be a “big-brother” scary device used to monitor every move of any citizen at any moment.
    I don’t think it needs much more explanation, the installation is self explanatory.

  4. paul

    he means the film ‘brazil’ i think, by Terry Gilliam

  5. Arnaud

    My apologies, I forgot to mention that, it seemed so obvious.
    Thanks Paul.

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