Autopoiesis is an artificial life robotic series of fifteen musical and robotic sculptures that interact with the public and modify their behaviors based on the both the presences of the participants in the exhibition and the communication between each separate sculpture. They were commissioned by the Kiasma Museum Finland by curator Erkki Huhtamo for Aoataly Exhibition in 2000.
KIASMA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Helsinki, Finland. Feb. 2000 Alien Intelligence Exhibition curated by Erkki Huhtamo. Fifteen Arms of Autopoiesis an artificial life robotic sculpture series commissioned by Kiasma museum. Invited.
This series of robotic sculptures talk with each other through a hardwired network and audible telephone tones, which are a musical language for the group.
Autopoiesis is "self making", a characteristic of all living systems. This characteristic of living systems was defined and refined by Francisco Varella and Humberto Maturana.
Autopoiesis breaks out of standard interfaces (mouse) and playback methodologies (CRT) and presents an interactive environment, which is immersive, detailed and able to evolve in real time by utilizing feedback and interaction from audience/participant members.