Clickers is an ecosystem comprised of individual, independent modules that click in response to light. If a light is shone brightly on a module, it will click more rapidly. In the dark, the sound is sparse. Although each of the units responds almost identically to light intensity, when they are distributed across a space, their individual experience of the light creates a polyrhythmic soundscape. In bright light, this sounds almost like a field of cicadas and in lower lights more like the end of a storm, with drops falling from the eaves. In all lights, the emergent behaviour makes the piece feel alive and watching the development and changes in the system is a dynamic and meditative experience.
Clickers is a project by Kai Lab. It was designed and built in 2019 by Sean Malikides and Marguerite Tricaud.