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Diversity of a species

This project was part of DDW 2023
Phenotypes of Evolumination installation 5/144 — © Kollegi

Evolumination is a large light design installation at Strijp-S at Microlab Hall, presenting how the form of a species is affected by habitat and calling for exploration by the audience. It is presented by Kollegi, a Finland-based creative collective.


Welcoming you to MicroLab Hall, is our large light installation of unique pendant lights. To enter, you get to walk under it and explore how the shape of lamps relates to the habitat they live in. Together, the lights create an immersive, playful, and visually captivating experience for viewers, enhanced by the colorful dot patterns they cast on the floor. The exhibit reveals itself through exploration, and is open for different interpretations. A satellite exhibit at Klokgebouw presents a small piece of Evolumination.

Form follows habitat

Each corner of the space represents a habitat, with specific conditions. For instance, you can think one corner depicting an arid, desert spot, while another represents a lush grove. Thus, the living conditions in each spot in the space are different, resulting in a unique shape for the lamp there. The lamps in the spaces between the corners blend the characteristics of adjacent environments. For the audience this manifests in a gradient field of change among the population, allowing an exploration and exciting revelations of causality, leaving space to playful, creative imagination.

Diversity in nature and in products

Our installation celebrates the habitats and their effect on biodiversity, fostering a sense of stewardship towards our planet -when habitats are lost, diversity is dramatically reduced. From a computational design point of view, with the installation, we explicate a solution space in a tangible example of 144 unique lamps. The exhibit presents how generative design and digital manufacturing enables unique products, were they individual instances or collections of those.