What actually is this? I have a strange connection with science and most of the time we do not speak the same language. It is difficult to explain in details how this new gadget functions, but as far as I understood, it is based on the feature of a liquid called “ferrofluid” to respond immediately to the presence of a magnetic field. It was invented as a rocket fuel in 1963 by a NASA scientist, Steve Papell, and nowadays it is used in many other industries. So, here in the basin there is a ferrofluid and behind the scenes electromagnets that influence the fluid’s shape and movement.
This project is a work of the artist, designer and engineer Zelf Koelman. Watch the video and if you are grabbed by it, you could get your very own Ferrolic display for about 7-8.000 euro, connect it to the internet and enjoy the animations. And when you are bored with one animation via a web browser the software could be edited and thus you will have a new one.
If you interested to learn more, go to the official site of Ferrolic.