Fragile Formation

‘Fragile Formation’ is a durational performance that is simultaneously a live experiment, exploring the phenomenon of spontaneous self-assembly. In a Petri dish enlarged to the dimensions of a human body, human movement replaces laboratory mechanical mixing and generates dynamic ordering in 600 glass balls. The intimate interaction between the human body and the objects creates a multilayered composition of random sculpture that leaves traces after it has concluded, and provides a dimension of memory and documentation of the passing movement.

‘Fragile Formation’ is one of the few outcomes of an ongoing multidisciplinary collaboration between artist and scientists, members of the Self-Assembly Science and Art group. The group examines the phenomenon of spontaneous self-assembly: a mechanism that leads to the creation of dynamic order in a given system without any external intervention or hierarchical structure. The mechanism and its manifestations are examined in systems of varying sizes: from molecules, through zoological sociology, to human behaviour, as well as in mixed system.

The joint research which began as part of the Nano Art Lab project initiated by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, conducted live experiments, performances and video screening in different venues.

Length: 30 min (flexible).

Premier: NanoArt Lab, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Dec 2016.

The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Habitat III, The UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Dev, Quito Ecuador.
Lunada Children’s Museum, Beer-Sheva.
The OECD Conference on Urban Planning 201, Paris.
‘White Night’ event, Beer Sheva.
Suzanne Dellal Center, TLV.
Tmuna Theatre, TLV.
Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem.
Israel National Museum of Science Technology and Space, Haifa
And more…

‘Fragile Formation’ is planned to be presented in the Tel-Aviv Art Museum as part of an Art and Science event scheduled to take place in April 2018.


Sharona Florsheim

Installation Art:
Tal Yizrael

Nitzan Lederman

Costume Design:
Jul Davidovich

Dr. Jennifer Galanis, Prof. Daniel Harries