Bodies, Surrogates, Emergent Systems
Jelly Lovers (1991, Michael Joaquin Grey work with Randolph Huff), "a 3-D neural network animation that documents morphological and developmental changes in a Medusa-like artificial life form."<
[video src=https://vimeo.com/19785177]In Epizoo (1995), Marcel.Lí Antúnez Roca explores complex layers of control and authority with respect to the cyborgian body and electronic systems. The audience controls the artist's body by means of a mechatronic exoskeleton worn by the performer. The viewers could manipulate Roca’s nose, mouth, ears, glutea and pectoral muscles, causing bizarre contortions. Like the unwitting subjects of the 1974 Milgram experiment, the audience of Epizoo was confronting with taking responsibility for its actions and for the effects they caused on the performer, who was at their mercy.
An interesting summary of Stelarc’s most influencial works presented in the form of a short documentary, augmented by comments of Stelarc himself.
This shows results from Karl Sims’ ”Evolved Virtual Creatures project”, which involving simulated Darwinian evolutions of virtual block creatures.