Carlos Castellanos, Steven J Barnes: Biopoiesis




 
  • ©2011-12, Carlos Castellanos and Steven J Barnes, Biopoiesis
  • ©2011-12, Carlos Castellanos and Steven J Barnes, Biopoiesis

Artist(s):


Title:


Biopoiesis

Exhibition:


SIGGRAPH 2012: In Search of the Miraculous

Creation Year:


2011-12

Category:


Installation

Artist Statement:


Biopoiesis is a series of experiments exploring the relationships between structure, matter, and self-organization. The project features the construction of analog computation and control systems that harness electrochemical reactions and form what can be described as a computational “primordial soup.” Information (an electrical signal) is passed through electrodes to a tank filled with a metallic salt solution (e.g. stannous chloride). The resultant electrochemical reaction grows into dendritic metallic threads – ultimately leading to the
formation of a continuously shifting signal network that can be used to develop a complex, self-organizing media system.