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Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

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Micro.Spheres by Julius Popp takes place in a room, containing around 16 autonomously acting robots, which visitors are allowed to enter and experience. The robots act according to a dogmatic command that drives them to perpetually place themselves in the spatial centre of their immediate environment.

What results is a chain reaction which seems highly complex but can be easily explained as it is simply a result of each robot having an effect on its neighbour, all the way to the borders of the room. This process necessarily has to affect all elements of the system. The system remains active as long as the visitors continue to move. When the visitor remains still the system is able to find a new stable pattern. When there is more than one visitor within the system, the complexity of the shapes and processes increases. Micro.spheres reflects on the complex interrelations that exist between ‘living’ bodies and their environment. In particular, it addresses the changing social structures of our present day and age.

I’m also pleased to hear from Julius that his Bitfall project I posted a couple of weeks ago is also close to completion

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