Le Laboratoire Cambridge


September 29—January 6, 2017
Le Laboratoire Cambridge

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Official Description

Internationally known for his transformable structures, Chuck Hoberman presents an experience of transformable space and aesthetic possibility with 10° — Le Laboratoire’s 22nd experiment. Taking Hoberman’s work in a new direction, 10° is a large-scale installation of four kinetic sculptures that can be transformed by guests through hands-on play.

The title of the exhibition refers to the concept of ten degrees of freedom: the sum of all possible trajectories for the four pieces, which have individually one, two, three, and four degrees of mobility. This exhibit draws on collaborations between Hoberman and researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, including Katia Bertoldi, James Weaver, and Johannes Overvelde. Together, they have developed a system of original origami-like folding mechanisms termed “prismatic structures” based on crystal-lattice geometries. Applications for their research include deployable buildings, shape-shifting robots, and deformable metamaterials with properties beyond those found in nature.

10° invites visitors to explore fully ten dimensions of form by touch, displacement, and observation, remaking the installation by their act of exploration, whether individually or with other visitors in a kind of kinetic object choreography.


Le Laboratoire Cambridge
650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge