Komorebi // installation/performance in collaboration with Matteo Marangoni, 2020-ongoing

Komorebi is a swarm of artificial creatures that make music in response to the sun, the clouds and the shadows of trees moving in the wind. Komorebi is a Japanese word meaning “sunlight shining through trees”. We are invited to experience the shadow play produced by the tree canopy on the forest floor as music. The work suggests that “life” is not an exceptional property of organic life forms, but also a property of complex systems reaching beyond biological life as we understand it.

“Spread over a forest area of a hundred by a hundred meters, shells call each other. They react to each other, as if speaking in a language incomprehensible to humans [...] Marangoni and Vandoren have given them an elegant design. Each part is treated with care [...] In the forest they make spatial music that changes throughout the day."
René van Peer, Gonzo Circus, September-October 2021


Komorebi is a project by Matteo Marangoni and Dieter Vandoren.

Komorebi is developed with the assistance of Daan Johan (PCB design), Riccardo Marogna (DSP programming), Caspar Krijgsman (OTA programming), Mihalis Shammas and Nicolò Merendino (body design), Rafaele Andrade (3D printing prototypes), Luuk Meints and Ionela Pop (horn casting), Willem Werkplaats (CNC milling), Francesco Di Maggio, Tingyi Jiang, Maria Oosterveen and Siavash Jafari (assembly).

Komorebi is commissioned by Into the Great Wide Open and produced in partnership with Crossing Parallels and Highlight Festival (TU Delft) and with the financial support of the Creative Industries Fund NL and Stichting Stokroos.