[ISEA95] Artist Statement: Mogens Jacobsen — The Entropy Machine

Artist Statement

On top of a box hangs a monitor surrounded by petri dishes containing bacterial cultures. The box is an information greenhouse. Inside the greenhouse, a computer randomly chooses from a library of approximately fifty images. A cellular automata-algorithm slowly changes the image on the monitor. The image decays. Information-mould grows on the image. The growth rate is controlled by measuring the heat radiation from the surroundings. The audience is part of the system and inevitably alters the image.

  • Mogens Jacobsen, Denmark. Born in 1959, he studied mathematics at the University of Aarhus and the Institute of Cinematic Science at the University of Copenhagen. In the past fifteen years, he has produced audio-art, computer graphic images, and written about new media. His works have been shown internationally at such events as SIGGRAPH (USA), Ars Electronica (Austria), and CG (Ukraine).