Almost as thin and lightweight as paper, the Dancing Screen exhibited in Michigan is composed of six photoluminescent modules with integrated flexible solar panels interconnected with conductive ink. The modules resemble hybrid dancing creatures that constantly move in a choreography created by the wind. They were shaped with the physics engine Kangaroo, which allowed simulating the motion. While the photoluminescent film emits light in the dark with no need of electric power, the energy harvested from the sun is directly used by passers-by: in fact, the Dancing Screen is designed for them to plug their electronic devices in the base and charge them. The possibility of harvesting energy from the motion as well is currently being studied.
The Dancing Screen does not only mirror its author’s background in both architecture and dance, as it dynamically shapes space and stimulates people’s senses with dance: it donates energy, and therefore it can be defined as a plus-energy communicative architectural surface, showing the possibility of an urban environment that offers people free renewable energy in public spaces.