Excentrics (2007)

Art, and artificial life in particular, usually use nature like example to propose representation figures. Within the cosmogony proposed in the called installation "Eccentrics", everything revolves around an electrical lamp bulb, our solar metaphor. This center is not a lamp, but a representation in video of that lamp with insects that orbit it. A complexity layer is added to this image: a life algorithm that generates particles in swarm form which also turn around the lamp.

The two images integrate in a video by alpha channel and are projected on a white table. Over this surface, there is a series of very simple solar robotic built from electronic trash. The robot's heart is an excentric motor from a cellular phone. These robots are photophobic, they become alive with the projector's light and they move until they reach the dark margins. By means of a motorized mirror, the projected image sweeps ...

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Art, and artificial life in particular, usually use nature like example to propose representation figures. Within the cosmogony proposed in the called installation "Eccentrics", everything revolves around an electrical lamp bulb, our solar metaphor. This center is not a lamp, but a representation in video of that lamp with insects that orbit it. A complexity layer is added to this image: a life algorithm that generates particles in swarm form which also turn around the lamp.

The two images integrate in a video by alpha channel and are projected on a white table. Over this surface, there is a series of very simple solar robotic built from electronic trash. The robot's heart is an excentric motor from a cellular phone. These robots are photophobic, they become alive with the projector's light and they move until they reach the dark margins. By means of a motorized mirror, the projected image sweeps different zones of the table giving fuel sporadically to these photophobic forms of life, that take this energy to return to the periphery.

The last ingredient of the installation is a series of real nocturnal insects that are released day to day in the exhibition space and revolve near the light source of the projector generating chaotic shades that cross the projected image.

The sound design of the piece also has an important amount of layers, since it presents/displays the real sound of the insects, the motors of the robots and the audio of the video that is projected. This one, reproduces the sound recording of the insects mixed with an algorithm that generates a swarm emulation sound.

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