A Natural History of Networks / SoftMachine – A speculation about a heterogeneous technological culture

Created by Ralf Baecker, 'A Natural History of Networks / SoftMachine' is an electrochemical algorithmic performance that probes an alternative computational and technological material regime, informed by Gordon Pask’s (wikiedia) experiments on electrochemical learning mechanisms and current research on biomimicry, programmable matter and spatio-temporally controlled liquid metal actuators. At its core, a custom-built electrochemical experimental apparatus creates a dynamic fluidic microcosm that performs a continuous becoming of form, structure and material narrations. The performance aims to provoke new imaginaries of the machinic, the artificial and matter. A radical technology that bridges traditionally discreet machine thinking and soft/fluid materials that enable self-organizing behavior through their specific material agencies.

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