First tests working on our new generative 12 channel piece…

Installation running on the new macmini's c2d / 2.0ghz / 3mb L2 / 2gb ram / 256mb vram. All software made with Max/MSP/Jitter, with a few custom solutions by dk@telco and tim@tap.


12_Series is a new generative multichannel computer installation by Telcosystems (NL).

The installation is an audiovisual horizon comprised of twelve identical image and sound generating machines.

The software for these machines is based on the idea of evolution, implementing forms of audiovisual imitation, mutation and recombination, aiming for the emergence of captivating complexity from a vocabulary of rudimentary shapes, sounds and logic.

The system is build around the notion of decentralized autonomous decision making, where each machine displays its own generative behavior, while reacting to behavior of neighboring machines and adapting to centrally organized environmental variables. In this way the installation focuses on the tension between the individual and the group, between the machine specific development and the group dynamics that determine the ever-evolving horizon.

Imitation will be used as a way to start complex group behavior, steering groups of machines into similar audiovisual directions. Mutation will initiate variation, by injecting errors into this imitation process and recombination enables the interchange and reinterpretation of output material amongst the twelve machines, adding another layer of coherency.
Besides finding ways to create the building blocks that assemble into complex generative individuals, the aim is to find boundaries for their mutative behavior, in a way that allows the result to surpass our imagination.

12_Series will have its world premiere the 24th of April 2009 at Woodstreet Galleries Pittsburgh.

12_Series is produced by Spatial Media Laboratories, in collaboration with Baltan Laboratories, and Woodstreet Galleries.

12_Series is made possible with the generous support of Fonds BKVB, Mondriaan Foundation, The Netherlands Film Fund and DKC Rotterdam.

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