interactive sculptural installation
|Quantum Populi is a sculptural installation that simulates biologically diverse ecosystems and social networks in order to call attention to mutual interdependence. This functional habitat for artificially intelligent robots includes a minimum of 6 different kinds of robots built in multiples, as well as intelligent sensing stations for robot and human interaction. Additionally, the robots themselves respond to human agents, who are thus asked to consider the impact of individual decisions on collective abstract and natural systems. This project uses advanced technologies and incorporates scientific methodology to create new language systems by linking artist and scientific inquiries.
Highly technological, this artwork serves as a metaphor for collective systems. How do individuals form themselves into a community, producing phenomena such as social behavior and intelligent action? Why does this result in apparently closed systems where individuals are only seen in relation to the other individuals? Whether this is about the aesthetics of an artificial system or a metaphor for community, it calls into question the nature of collective systems, as well as the relationship between the art object and the observer, and art and life.