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Sean Clark - Connected Digital Artworks / 2016

This collection of new work by Sean Clark has just been supported by Arts Council England. It will result in an exhibition in December 2016 provisionally entitled "A Cybernetic Ecology". The exhibition will include:

  • Self-organising digital images
  • Digital art objects
  • Projected images and lights
  • Environment sensors
  • Semi-autonomous robots
  • Drawing machines

Progress will be posted here and on Sean Clark's blog.

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Artist Statement

  • I use systems theory to help inspire my work (in particular the theory of self-producing autopoietic systems by Maturana and Varela)
  • I see my artworks as patterns that are maintained by a process in response to inputs and outputs
  • My artworks can be connected through sensors or over the internet, or both
  • I call collections of interacting artworks Cybernetic Ecologies

Inspired by

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
by Richard Brautigan

I'd like to think (and the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think (right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think (it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.