A collaboration with Arthur Olson, The Molecular Graphics Laboratory, The Scripps Institute, CA.

Sponsored by TED Conferences & SEED Media Group.

Presented at the TED2012 Conference in Long Beach, CA.

The Self-Assembly Line is a large-scale version of self-assembly virus modules as an interactive and performative structure. A discrete set of module/unit geometries are activated by stochastic rotation from a larger container/structure that forces the interaction between units. The unit geometry and attraction mechanisms (magnetics) ensure the units will come into contact with one another and auto-align into locally-correct configurations. Overtime as more units come into contact, break away, and reconnect, a larger structure emerges. Given different sets of unit geometries and attraction polarities various larger structures could be achieved. By changing the external conditions, the geometry of the unit, the attraction of the units and the number of units supplied, the desired global configuration can be programmed.

Project Team: Martin Seymour, Andrew Manto, Erioseto Hendranata, Justin Gallagher, Laura Salazar, Veronica Emig

Video by Karen Eng

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