Neuromimes


Neuromimes

winter research residency @ Eastern Bloc, Montréal

2017 - current

collaborative open source hardware research project


During March 2017, I will continue development on the neuromime, an electronic model of a biological neuron, at Eastern Bloc in Montréal. Three Thursday open-labs are scheduled and a final public presentation 6 April. See here for more info.

PROJECT PRESENTATION : 6 April 2017, 19:00 - 21:00

RESIDENCY: 27 February - 29 March 2017

OPEN LAB SESSION : 23 March 2017, 15:30 - 19:30

description
The neuromime is an open source electronic model of a biological nerve cell. Networks of neuromimes can be interconnected to create site-responsive electro-physical artworks. As muscles in a body physically articulate neurological function through gesture and voice, the behaviour of the network is expressed through pulsing patterns of sound, light, and motion.

context
The neuromime was designed by artist Norman White and presented at the Grounding Open Source Hardware summit (Banff, 2009). In 2015, it was released as an open-source hardware project by artist Peter Flemming and computer scientist Stephen Kelly. Neuromimes:

  • critically examine the omnipresence of software neural networks by extracting certain of their properties, rendering them physical and therefore available for contemplation
  • propose that complex and provocative digital artworks can be made without computers (you just needs lots of neuromimes) and that algorithms can be embedded physically in objects as well as software
  • explore the history of computation, referring back to early hardware neural nets, like the perceptron
  • bridge art and science

source files and further reference
project repository: https://github.com/gnimm/neuromime



Neuromimes - fibre optic synapses, 2017

Documentation of neuromimes research conducted during at Winter 2017 residency at Eastern Bloc in Montréal, Québec. Fibre-optic synapses and double audio feedback loop.

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