The "Microfluid Oracle Chip & Autopoesis Answering Machine (MOC&AM)" is a very small drawing and cybernetic agent on a chip, that can only be observed with the help of a microscope. It is an oracle driven by droplets that run through the handwritten text like blood through a vain or sap through a plant.
After finishing my time at the MPI I asked the scientist I met for questions. Questions that pop up from day to day, within a scientist’s work life or their research. The only requirement was that they could be answered with „yes“ or „no“. "The Microfluid Chip Oracle & Answering Machine" is built out of those questions and hopefully will be able to answer them by the means of biotechnology, microfluids and autopoesis. Each question can be looked at as an experiment of its own that will be answered by numerous droplets, literally flowing through the question itself. Each answer will lead the oracle machine to the next question, that then will be answered and lead to another one and so on until the chip renders itself useless.
What remains is a glimpse into a universe of questions that surface/appear in front of our telescopes and microscopes opposing a simple “yes” or “no”.
Handwritten channel size: 20micrometre width and height.
More Info please have a look at: ffur.de/oracle
Credits: "Microfluidic Oracle Chip & Autopoesis Answering Machine (MOC&AAM)" is a project by artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis that started in the scope of KLAS / Artist in Residence project at the Max Planck Institute in Postdam Golm 2018.
With great support of Naresh Yandrapalli and the Tom Robinson Lab and Dirk van Swaay from Wunderlichips, Michael Moser (Sound)
Many thanks to (in alphabetical order): Arren Bar-Even, Charles Cotton, Roland Knorr, Tom Robinson, Tina Seemann, Naresh Yandrapalli and thank you to all researchers unveiling their questions.