MetaGarden: Sphere 1 (Garden of the Elixir Pill) - Tanja Vujinović
MetaGarden: Sphere1 (Garden of the Elixir Pill) is the second iteration of the installation first presented in 2018.
The emergence of elements, whether in systems theory, science or natural world, is a phenomenon in which large entities or complex systems arise from the process of interaction and self-organisation of smaller, simpler elements. Examples of such structures are the living systems of ant colonies or bird flocks, but they also include technological structures of individual elements having a certain amount of freedom of action, such as city traffic or the organisational phenomena in computer simulations and cellular automata that apply the concept of Boids, Swarm Intelligence (SI) and Cellular robotic systems.The installation employs artificial units in cosmogonic maps in order to create an outlook of the past, present, and future constructions of the world.Inspired by the notion of frequencies that affect the elements in cosmos, three instances of bots generate frequencies that slowly fluctuate from two predetermined frequency points using pseudo-random algorithm and, by doing so, they gently affect the silica sand placed beneath them. The smaller bots, whose electronic circuits are partially made from the material they crawl on, the silica sand, move by the means of vibration and leave trail marks in the sand. The three bigger ones, which generate frequency vibrations, rearrange the sand underneath by gently emitting their own vibrations. The third level of the installation, the projected stage where virtual instances of bots exist, is the stage of simulation. Here, they act or appear in a remediating role. They try to explain the workings of the universe to themselves and to us, the audience. Bots are regenerating important philosophical textsusing Markov Chain algorithm, continuously displaying different, reformed statements. The algorithm calculates probabilities of appearances of particular words from the original text or, more precisely, the appearance of words after the N word (the number for N chosen in this work is 2). It then generates new text by starting from random words from the original text and ending when it calculates that it has reached the end of a sentence. This action opens many questions regarding the creation ofartificial agents capable of processing and displaying meaningful content that goes beyond mere calculations and statistical outcomes.
Bots within the virtual application generate the text based on the database consisting of the following seminal works: Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy; Marcus Aurelius: Meditations; Seneca: Morals of a Happy Life, Benefits, Anger and Clemency; Aristotle:The Poetics; Aristotle:The Politics; Anne Conway: The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy;
Full description of the project and more images: http://ultramono.org/tree