Synaptic Caguamas
© Lozano-Hemmer ;

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Synaptic Caguamas ,
Co-workers & Funding
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer — concept, direction
Conroy Badger — programming
Will Bauer, Sandra Badger, Karl-Erik Riesach, Peggy Strong, Robyn Badger, Jennifer Laughlin, Denis Sulivan, Olav Kahlbaum, OMR Gallery (Mexico) — production supportPrivate collections and FEMSA collection in Monterrey, Mexico
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Synaptic Caguamas is a kinetic sculpture consisting of a motorized Mexican “cantina” bar table with 30 “Caguama”-sized beer bottles (1-litre each). The bottles spin on the table with patterns generated by cellular automata algorithms that simulate the neuronal connections in the brain. Every few minutes the bottles are reset automatically and seeded with new initial conditions for the algorithm, so that the movement patterns are never repeated. This kinetic sculpture is a primitive and absurd attempt to make tangible the mathematics of recollection and thought.

(Photos by Antimodular Research)
Technology & Material
Year of Creation: 2004
Technique: Glass bottles on motorized wooden table, PC running algorithms that simulate neuronal activity.
Dimensions: 87 x 210 x 180 cm. Edition: 3 + 1 AP
Keywords: generative, indoor, robotic, sound, performer.
Collections: Colección Femsa (Monterrey), Jonathon Carroll Collection (NYC) and private collector.
Exhibitions & Events