[ISEA2009] Artist Statement: Kuaishen Auson – 0h!m1gas: A Biomimetic Stridulation Environment, 2008

Artist Statement

Ant colony, 2 turntables with Arduino stepper motors, video projection, flat screen for data analysis visualization, surround sound system set (5.1), 2 digital video cameras for motion capture, 2 microphones for audio capture, 2 computers with 2 licenses of Cycling 74’s Max/Jitter, 2-4 UV spot lights for illumination of the ant’s nest.

0h!m1gas is a biomimetic stridulation environment based on the activity of an ant colony, which is being video and audio surveilled, transforming the ants’ social interaction into information that is translated into turntable rotation. Thus, the ants become DJs of their own cybernetic ecology.

  • Kuaishen Auson (Ecuador) is finishing his postgraduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany

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