Professor Thomas Schroepfer & Professor Suranga Nanayakkara
together with their team from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)




Location Marina Bay, Bayfront water taxi stop (A3)

iSwarm is a swarm of luminous “sea creatures” that interact with passers-by. Subtle and hardly visible by day, iSwarm comes alive at night. As daylight fades, the cells of iSwarm illuminate the waters of Marina Bay with fluorescent light reminiscent of natural phenomena such as bioluminescent algae or the Aurora Borealis. iSwarm reacts to groups of visitors by detecting human presence and greeting them with subtle modulation of its light patterns.

Co-created by SUTD with Philips Lighting


Prior to joining SUTD as a tenured faculty member and Associate Head of Pillar of Architecture and Sustainable Design, Professor Thomas Schroepfer was an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) where he taught for seven years in the areas of architectural design, materials, and construction. He is joined by Professor Suranga Nanayakkara who teaches at the Engineering Product Development Pillar of SUTD. As head of the Augmented Senses Group at SUTD, Suranga’s vision is to create new interaction technologies that seamlessly integrate with users’ minds, bodies and behaviour, providing them an enhanced perception of their environment/themselves.

This is the first time a team from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Advanced Architecture Laboratory and Augmented Senses Group is participating in i Light Marina Bay 2014. Created by them, the ingenuity of this installation, which is uniquely sited in the water, demonstrates the creativity of the team and is exemplary in its advancement into a new frontier in light art installation presentation, where collaborative efforts and research are needed to enrich the experience of interactive arts in today’s context.