Nervous System: “Growing Objects” 3D Printed Zoetropes

Just outside Boston in Somerville, Massachusetts, Jessica Rosenkrantz, Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, and their small team at Nervous System explore the intersection of science, art, and technology – writing code based on processes and patterns found in nature to create art, jewelry, clothes, and housewares.

“Growing Objects” is their latest release, “a series of kinetic sculptures that illustrate algorithmic growth processes. Inspired by 19th-century zoetropes, these interactive sculptures consist of 3D printed objects that when spun and illuminated animate the development of complex forms; when still, they allow the viewer to examine each step of the growth process.”

While you’re here, have a quick look at two of Nervous Systems’ previous projects: Floraform and the Kinematics Dress…

“Floraform is a generative design project inspired by the biomechanics of growing leaves and blooming flowers. It explores the development of surfaces through differential growth.
Music: “Goodnight Sunlight” by Ketsa

Kinematics Dress: a 3D-printed gown in motion, “Nervous System’s custom-fit dress is an intricately patterned structure of 2,279 unique triangular panels interconnected by 3,316 hinges, all 3D printed as a single piece in nylon. While each component is rigid, in aggregate, they behave as a continuous fabric allowing the dress to flexibly conform and fluidly flow in response to body movement.”
Music: Snowball by Moby

Production: Nervous System