Alien Babies is an installation set in a dim space where robots cast from silicone move with air pressure. The work has motors that blow air in cycles. The trajectories of the installation’s soft robots are based on living organisms’ motor functions. The exhibition’s mechanical creatures react to environmental stimuli by adjusting and transforming.
Organisms require movement to survive, and the I suggest that the same may be true for these tiny mechanical creatures.
I have contemplated if movement defines a creature as a living individual. But according to the theory of panpsychism, for example, all creatures have a mind or a mind-like quality. Panpsychism asserts that physical constituents of the universe possess mind-like qualities whether they are parts of living and moving organisms or not.
The work was exhibited at HAM gallery, Helsinki in 2023.
(silicone, plastic hoses, concrete, acrylic
plastic, motorized pumps, Arduinos)