Title:
Autopoiesis
Artist(s):
Ken Rinaldo
Brief description of the work:
Fifteen musical and robotic sculptures that interact with the public and modify their behaviours based on both the presence of the participants and each other.
Materials, dimensions, duration:
Sculptures, support structure, sensors, motors, programming
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
Shown as part of Outoaly, the Alien Intelligence Exhibition curated by Erkki Huhtamo, Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, 2000
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
The robotic sound sculptures interact with the public and modify their behaviors over time. These behaviours change based on feedback from infrared sensors, the presence of the participants/ viewers in the exhibition and the communication between each separate sculpture.
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
Commissioned by the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, Finland
Floorplan, scheme:
 
Visual/ audio-visual reference:
Key theme(s):
Observing systems in action, social play
Further context:

Autopoiesis is "self creation", a characteristic of all living systems which was defined and refined by Francisco Varela and Humberto Maturana. The main published references on autopoiesis are:

Maturana, Humberto & Varela, Francisco ([1st edition 1973] 1980). Autopoiesis and Cognition: the Realization of the Living. Robert S. Cohen and Marx W. Wartofsky (Eds.), Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 42. Dordecht: D. Reidel Publishing Co. ISBN 90-277-1015-5 (hardback), ISBN 90-277-1016-3 (paper)