Modulating Matter with Mixed Intelligence
Proteus 2.0 is an installation that modulates ferrofluid patterns, with both human and machine intelligences, in a closed loop. Through an individual and prolonged visual experience, it immerses the visitor in an implicit interaction with the material through a brain-computer interface. A pre-trained dedicated machine learning model is informed by real-time neural signals, produced by the visitor’s gaze while being exposed to the rapid serial change of patterns without any explicit instructions to follow. Over the time of the gaze experience, visitors may witness a certain stabilization of their own modulated picture of the material.
This model not only modulates the ferrofluid display over time but also slowly builds a digital motion picture of its behavior. All the recorded sequences are then displayed separately to exhibit the variety of patterns collected throughout the period of the festival. The project relies on digitally encoded material properties with the use of a computational mixture of both human and machine vision models.
Supported by :
Creative Robotics UfG Linz, Austria http://creativerobotics.at/
Chair for Computer-Aided Architectural Design (CAAD),
Institute of Technology for Architecture (ITA), ETH Zürich, Switzerland http://www.caad.arch.ethz.ch/
Sponsors : SMC Corporation (smc.at), supermagnete