eco-machines v2.0: tropic.playground, AA Bar
AA Inter 10 – eco-machines v2.0: tropic.playground, AA Bar2/12/2008 - 7/12/2008
An interactive experiment that people can pass by and play … A tropism (from Greek, tropos, to turn) is a biological phenomenon, indicating growth or turning movement of a biological organism, usually a plant, in response to an environmental stimulus.
Lacking neural systems plants achieve tropic response through direct local action/reaction to environmental stress fields; the overall response is an emergent property of the system and depends largely form the organisational patterns of the single operational units [cells] within the plant’s organism.
Inter10 has experimented with sunflowers, cress and Venus fly traps to extract 3 levels of observations: structural/ kinetic [cells’ organisation to achieve tropic growth, structural resistance and environmental responsiveness], cybernetic [feedback loops of information, matter and energy between plant and environment] and molecular/material [plants as constrained, multilayered pneumatic systems]. These observations has led to the formulation of three organisational logics and related 1:1 scale material systems, abstract models of tropic organisms.
The exhibition presents a first experiment on how these three machinic models can be deployed to generate playfulness, transforming the AA Bar into a 'tropic.playground'.