School of Lights is an interactive light installation inspired on schooling behavior of fish. The lights relate to each other and the surrounding as if they are a school of fish. The project is a collaboration between dr. Jolle Jolles from the Max Planck institute of Ornithology and creative studio Toer. Jolles is a collective behavior researcher. He proved that different fish within a school have there individual characters. His knowledge of fish behavior is used to control the lights in this installation. When it is quiet, the lights move calmly. When the audience approaches, the lights move away.
Toer is a multidisciplinary design collective from the Netherlands, founded in 2011 by Castor Bours (1984) and Wouter Widdershoven (1986). With backgrounds in the arts and interactive design and an experimental approach, they explore autonomous interventions.