Did you know that BEACON has an artist-in-residence? Adam Brown, Associate Professor of Electronic Art and Intermedia at MSU, is working on an art exhibit that will demonstrate the concept of evolution in action.
The project will be comprised of approximately 150 three-dimensional glowing, sensing and audio-producing sculptural robots. Robotic units will be mounted on the walls and be capable of communicating with each other (via wireless protocol) and with viewers that enter the intended installation space. The finished installation will have the feeling of a cave filled with synthetic bioluminescent life forms all competing for human interaction, thus the installation will act as a “living laboratory” as well as a focal point for BEACON visitors and researchers.
The interaction inherent in the Biolume installation will be governed by evolutionary methods and principles to evolve behaviors to better interact socially with humans. The installation will therefore act as a “laboratory” to explore applied evolution as it relates to human interaction.