For the first time, we saw what will become the basis for our fireflies projected onto the warehouse floor. These little fellas are called ‘boids’ and at this stage look like a certain male reproductive cell. They’ll take a more complete form soon.
As you can see in the video above, Lukasz has programmed the boids (in openFrameworks) to simulate flocking behaviour: they prefer to move in groups, but when faced with a physical object – in this case, our papier mâché rocks – they will split in various directions, creating new flocks. The size and shape of the physical objects need to be traced out for the program, however camera motion tracking of people in the space will have a similar impact on the boids, allowing participants to herd the fireflies into different areas of the projection.