<em>Synaptic Caguamas</em>

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Synaptic Caguamas, 2004
Subsculpture 4
Glass bottles, wood table, motors, computer, custom software
60 x 60 x 36 in / 152 x 152 x 91 cm
Edition of 3

A large motorized Mexican “cantina” table with 30 “Caguama”-sized beer bottles (1-liter 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 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 materialize the mathematics of recollection and thought.

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