List of Physical Visualizations
and Related Artifacts

2004 – Synaptic Caguamas: Visualize Cellular Automata


Synaptic Caguamas is a kinetic sculpture consisting of a motorized Mexican "cantina" bar table with 30 "Caguama"-sized beer bottles (1-litre each). The bottles spin on the table with patterns generated by cellular automata algorithms that simulate the neuronal connections in the brain. Every few minutes the bottles are reset automatically and seeded with new initial conditions for the algorithm, so that the movement patterns are never repeated. This kinetic sculpture is a primitive and absurd attempt to make tangible the mathematics of recollection and thought.


Source: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Synaptic Caguamas (2004).

Added by: Karine Charbonneau. Category: Uncertain  Tags: beer, cellular automata, kinetic sculpture