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Sean Clark - Connected Digital Artworks / 2016

This collection of new work by Sean Clark was supported by Arts Council England. It resulted in an exhibition in December 2016 entitled "A Cybernetic Ecology". The exhibition included:

  • Self-organising digital images
  • Digital art objects
  • Projected images and lights
  • Environment sensors

Progress was posted 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.