Hoberman Associates Inc.

Hoberman Associates is a multidisciplinary practice that specializes in transformable design — the development of products, structures, and environments that change their size and shape.

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10° (Ten Degrees)

10° (Ten Degrees)

LOCATION: Le Laboratoire Gallery, Cambridge, MA (2016)
CLIENT: Le Laboratoire Cambridge & the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

10° is an interactive installation of four large kinetic metal sculptures inspired by the principles of Origami. The exhibit’s title refers to ten degrees of freedom: the sum of all possible trajectories for the four pieces. Viewers are invited to explore these ten dimensions of form through touch and movement, continuously remaking the installation whether individually or collaboratively with others.

By turning a lever, visitors can effortlessly move the sculptures that are between 12 to 14 feet high and that weigh hundreds of pounds. Large volumes are reconfigured, seeming to hover above their supports. Viewers remark that the sculptures remind them of being underwater, or of floating in outer space as if gravity is suspended.