Esteemed IDM Full time faculty, Tega Brain is premiering her Deep Swamp, a triptych of terrariums with wetland plants governed by artificially intelligent software agents. The agents, Nicholas, Hans, and Harrison, watch their swampy territories — adjusting light, water flow, fog, and nutrients — to try to engineer their environments for different goals. Harrison aims for a natural looking wetland, Hans is trying to produce a work of art, and Nicholas simply wants attention. The role of AI in sustaining living plants is also explored in AlphaGarden by Ken Goldberg and the AlphaGarden Collective. AlphaGarden is a living garden located at the University of California at Berkeley that is tended to by a robot controlled by an AI that is learning both from simulation and from human demonstrations. Visitors can remotely follow the process through a screen in the exhibition space.
Opening Reception Thursday, February 6, 6-8pm
Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Tour with the curator and artists Tega Brain and Brett Wallace.
The show and all tours take place in the Kellen Gallery, 2 West 13th Street, ground floor.