June 28, 2006
Crash and Bloom

Crash and Bloom

Douglas Irving Repetto’s (founder of Dorkbot) works include sculpture, installation, performance, recordings, and software with an emphasis on audio / music. One work which particularily caught my eye on his site is Crash and Bloom which emulates a behaviour (called Crash and Bloom) occuring in many biological systems.

Crash and Bloom is an electronic sculpture that exhibits emergent behavior similar to the “crash and bloom” cycles experienced by many biological systems. The sculpture is a set of forty-two small plastic boxes that are connected to one another via short cables. The behavior of each box is very simple: if the box receives a “ping” on its input, it turns on an internal light and plays a short tone. The box then passes the ping on to whichever boxes are connected to its output. However, if a box receives a second ping before it is finished responding to the first one, it will “die” and will not pass either ping along. Each time a box receives a ping, the length of its response gets a bit shorter, until it gets so short that it resets and becomes long again.

For more projects by Douglas Irving Repetto see the artists website.

    Posted by: Garrett @ 6:07 pm

    3 Comments / Pings about “Crash and Bloom”

    1. Network Research » Bion Says:
      November 3rd, 2006 at 1:36 am

      [...] Bion, which has been reviewed on a few weblogs now (such as We Make Money Not Art and Networked Performance) has similarities with works mentioned here before such as Crash and Bloom and Cell Phone Disco. It combines to great effect (here both audio-visually unlike the mentioned works) the clever networked capabilities of both, that is responding to user presence and the activity of each modular part of the work. Bion is an interactive art installation that explores the relationship between humans and artificial life. The name makes reference to an individual element of primordial biological energy identified as orgone by the scientist Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957). The installation is a sensor network that is composed of 1000 3-dimensional glowing and chirping sculptural forms. Each bion, measuring approximately 4×3×2.5 inches is a synthetic “life-form” consisting of a tiny computer, an audio speaker, blue light emitting diodes, and multiple sensors. These sensor units have the ability to communicate with, and react to, the bions around them and the viewers that enter the space. [...]

      Pingback by Network Research » Bion — November 3, 2006 @ 1:36 am

    2. Network Research » Botanicalls Says:
      December 27th, 2006 at 8:23 pm

      [...] It’s been a while since I’ve seen works which connect ideas of networks and organic or biological forms together since Organism, the great weblog that looks at “making art with living systems” run by Douglas Repetto (previously posted on his work Crash and Bloom) has slowed down and is currently looking for someone to take over. (previous post about some works on Organism) [...]

      Pingback by Network Research » Botanicalls — December 27, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

    3. Network Research » Crackle-canvas Says:
      September 19th, 2008 at 12:33 pm

      [...] similar work see Douglas Irving Repetto’s Crash and Bloom. Bookmark / Save / [...]

      Pingback by Network Research » Crackle-canvas — September 19, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

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