Life Support Systems explores ideas of a future existence for
living organisms in attempting to achieve the milestone of artificial
intelligence. Starting with the orchid Vanda Hybrida, which has both
inspirational beauty, as well as behavioral simplicity, an electrolytic
system uploads the organism's behavioral characteristics to a computer.
Once the living individual is disconnected, its emergent virtual
counterpart will continue to generate signals which mimic the original.
Kept 'alive' inside computer media such as hard disks, servers, and
networks this newly created virtual organism can now exist indefinitely.
Mateusz Herczka teaches at the Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam
and creates conceptual audiovisual pieces as a software artist and