Generative multichannel computer installation (2009) by Telcosystems (NL). [Work distributed by V2_Agency]
In a pitch-black room, twelve screens and twelve speakers make up the audiovisual horizon, revealing the dynamics of twelve identical image and sound-generating machines. Inspired by the principles of evolution and decentralized autonomous decision making, 12_Series implements forms of audiovisual imitation, mutation and recombination, aiming for the emergence of a captivating complexity out of a vocabulary of rudimentary shapes, sounds and logic.
Despite their identical binary DNA, the twelve machines develop into individuals by reacting to their neighbors and adapting to centrally organized environmental variables. The installation thus focuses on the tension between the individual and the group, between the machine-specific development and the group dynamics that determine the ever-evolving abstract horizon.
The imitative interaction establishes a more complex group behavior, steering groups of machines into similar audiovisual directions. Mutation initiates variation by injecting errors into the imitative process. Recombination enables the interchange and reinterpretation of output material among the twelve machines, adding another layer of coherency.
Apart from developing building blocks that assemble into complex generative individuals, the aim is to investigate the boundaries of their mutative behavior, allowing the results to surpass our imagination.
Generative multichannel installation with screens, speakers, computer and software.
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