Berenguer, Jose Manuel
Winning Piece at the III Edition of the ARCOmadrid/BEEP Electronic Art Prize (2008).

“Luci” reproduces the functioning of a self-organising system inspired in the behaviour of fireflies in southeast asian mangrove swamps. It has been observed that when the male launches an intermittent signal the female responds with a similar signal. At first, the emissions tend towards similarity before finally matching entirely. This is just an example of what is a general characteristic of nature: the existence of coupled oscillators, systems that tend to stabilise in certain, periodic sequence states as long as fluctuations sufficiently powerful to interrupt the stability of these configurations are not produced.

“Luci” consists of 64 units, each composed of 5 transmitters, sensitive to light and sound whose rhythmic behaviour configures innumerable, chaotic patterns that tend towards stability. The individual components lack information regarding the behaviour of the whole and the behaviour of “Luci” is manifestly more complex than that of its components. The alteration of the ambient luminosity produced by the intervention of the visitor stimulates the communication of the components provoking a new coupled configuration. Although the polyrhythmic patterns of adaptation are not always equal, and despite the fact that the starting points and routes may be essentially different, they always end in the same place. Luci is a proof that the world is full of clocks that tend to coincide and whose heartbeats generate a sound of universal dimensions that give us an idea of the order that we believe we perceive in nature.

“Luci” is, in the final instance, an allusion to the irreversibleness of nature and the absolute security of death.

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