The machine system is a technological configuration beyond automation, exploring instinctive rhythms of painting through human and machine co-creation. It intertwines the gestural authorship of biological and mechanical subjects in the space.
The echo of artist and robotic mark-making in collaboration are transposed through an octophonic sound system. Placed across the room, the sound immerses the audience in a multi-sensorial environment, creating a composition of neural and synaptically linked gestures.
Drawing Operations Unit: Gen 5.
EEG, Contact Microphones, Multi-robotic system, paint
What new relational perspectives can emerge when human and machine subjects create on the same plane?
The following are preparatory studies created during the research and development of Assembly Lines.
"The concept of assemblage— an open- ended entanglement of ways of being— is more useful. In an assemblage, varied trajectories gain a hold on each other, but indeterminacy matters. To learn about an assemblage, one unravels its knots."
- Anna Tsing
Beginning with a live meditation that forms the basis for a 24 minute performance, Assembly Lines showcases an improvisational creativity between human and machine across three canvases. During the performance, D.O.U.G._5 responds to my biofeedback through the use of an E.E.G headset while engaging in centering rituals like drawing and meditating – intertwining the gestural authorship of biological and mechanical subjects in space.
The synchronicity of movement results in visual artefacts and an immersive sonic environment. Real-time sonification and spatialisation of the robotic gestures are recorded through the use of contact microphones within the space. My movements and the robotic lines reverberate as they make contact on the surface of the performance platform – as brushstroke meets canvas. The collaboration is transposed through an octophonic sound system. Placed across the room, the sound immerses the audience in a multi-sensorial environment, creating a composition of neural and synaptically linked gestures.
“…see the mind as an emergent property, and the very important and interesting consequence of this emergent property is our own sense of self. My sense of self exists because it gives me an interface with the world. I’m “Me” for interactions, but my “I” doesn’t substantially exist, in the sense that it can’t be localized anywhere.”
- Francisco Varela
To draw parallels to computational development, the low level of the human system is accessed in D.O.U.G._5, the level of the signal versus the processor, the artistic intention of mark-making. This shifts the role of the human as agent to conduit – the human mind itself as a conduit for artistic co creation.
D.O.U.G._5 challenges the notion of the drawn line as an intentional, artistic gesture and posits a conceptualization of drawing as inextricably linked electrical signals in the brain, the biology of the cognizing human subject further moving away from the human as a control subject in the human / machine configuration.
An expansive and evolving relation between human and machine that gesturalizes and sonifies the electrical signals generated by the human and robotic body.
works by sougwen
GENESIS (2024)what becomes of the human hand?
Assembly Lines (2022)a painting performance with a robotic swarm connected to the flow of a city
Mutations of Presence (2021)Exploring spectrality through sequencing bio-feedback to a machine
F.R.A.N. Flora Rearing Agricultural Network (2020)exploring machine and flora as part of a sympoietic, self-supporting networked system with human as gardener.
Ecologies Of Becoming WithProject type
Exquisite Corpus (2019)a performance installation exploring human, machine, and ecological bodies
Omnia per Omnia (2018)a painting performance with a robotic swarm connected to the flow of a city
Into The Light (2019)an audiovisual AR installation
Artefacts (2019)a human and machine collaborative drawing
Drawing Operations (2018)a human and machine collaborative duet
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Drawing Operations (2017)a human & machine drawing collaboration involving memory.
Drawing Operations (2015)a human & robot drawing collaboration involving mimicry
Chiaroscuro (2013)a spatial interplay of light and shadow as an immersive installation
Preparatory Gestures (2017)a series of sculpture studies in VR
Mycelia (2018)a series of sculptures inspired by bio-inspired cognition
Ecdysis (2013)a study in performative architecture
High Tide (Étude Op. 2, No. 4)a painting exploring the dynamics of change
The Limitless, The Absolute (2017)a painting inspired by the 八卦 Trigrams of the IChing
Cardia (2012)a short film depicting a transgression from interior to exterior
Apolysis (2014)a short film in collaboration with Clint Mansell
Untitled (Étude Op. 1, No. 1-4)a series of drawings exploring synesthesia
Chiaro Oscuro Prototypesa series of form studies with paper
Topographies (2015)a series of paintings inspired by nature and flow states
Dénouement (Recurrent fevers of unknown origin)