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Issue: XXII.6 November - December 2015
Page: 8
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Dave Murray-Rust, Rocio von Jungenfeld,

Lichtsuchende is an interactive installation built using a society of biologically inspired robotic creatures who exchange light as a source of energy and a means of communication. Based on simple cybernetics combined with human and animal psychology, they sleep, dance, and seek others to play with. Visitors are invited to engage with the installation using flashlights to influence and interact with the phototropic robots. The embodied algorithms give rise to emergent behaviors with communicative and emotional resonance, allowing a duet between the humans and the cybernetic beings.

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Lichtsuchende @ Inspace from Rocio von Jungenfeld on Vimeo.

Murray-Rust, D. and von Jungenfeld, R. Lichtsuchende: Exploring the emergence of a cybernetic society. In Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design, Proc. of 4th International Conference, EvoMUSART 2015 (LNCS 9027). C. Johnson, A. Carballal, and J. Correia, eds. Springer International Publishing, Copenhagen, 2015. DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-16498-4

Murray-Rust, D. and von Jungenfeld, R. Lichtsuchende: A Society of Cybernetic, Phototropic Sunflowers. Proc. of Creativity & Cognition 2015. ACM, New York, 2015. DOI: 10.1145/2757226.2757381

Dave Murray-Rust, University of Edinburgh
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Rocio von Jungenfeld, University of Edinburgh
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