with the help of
The Canada Council for the Arts
LAKE is an invented aquatic ecosystem composed of sensitive and expressive
cybernetic organisms. This metaphor feeds on the organic sounds and
movements in order to create an hybrid between nature and the artificial.
THE FRENCHMAN LAKE explores the emergence of behaviors from primitive
robotic organisms interaction and addresses the level of simulacra to
implant artificial life.
The installation comprise of a network-society of sixteen submarine
robotic units coexisting in a common basin (or a set of containers)
where viewers can circulate freely around. Each organism is composed
of a pneumatic actuator, a speaker, a light source, a strobelight and
four sensing devices.
The choice of an aquatic environment comes from the quest of recreating
unusual habitats for robotics organisms, a space which also acts as
a catalyst of new possibilities for sound and light diffusion. This
installation is part of our exploratory work on immersive metaphoric
environments via the utilization of machines that produce movement,
light and sound.
Frenchman Lake is a desert lake in the Yucca Flat (Nevada, USA). This
lake is among the first nuclear test sites and, even today, is still
radioactive. Under a calm and serene appearance, the valley drizzles
with invisible "life"...