Chatter and Listening for Three or More Bird Boxes
Photo: Keith Martin
Chatter and Listening for Three or More Bird Boxes is a multi-agent system modelled after a magpie species. The system is reified as an interactive sound sculpture of three non-articulated sounding robots. The installation comprises of three bird boxes with electronics and audio, located in a small grove of trees. These objects act as single
entities; they can create decisions, observe their environment and operate alone. They also act in the narrative of a colony where each agent is guided in behaviour by the state of the colony and its surrounding environment. Chatter and Listening for Three or More Bird Boxes emits a spatialized sound motif that is the behaviour of the colony. The
behaviours change, also changing the sound when a body is sensed, the sound becoming comic, the agents performing for a morsel. It is only when the body leaves, or there is no longer hope for the treat that they resume normal behaviour.
About the Artist:
Miles Thorogood is an artist working in systems design and development for interactive
installations, and software development. His works are generative, which make use of
artificial intelligence, ALife, and algorithm design. These works are then made manifest
in simulated and physical settings through the fabrication of electronics and tangible
media. Miles holds a Masters of Applied Art from Emily Carr University, and is a PhD
student at Simon Fraser University, School of Interactive Arts and Technology. His
current work deals with natural language processing and machine learning for the
embodiment of creativity, memory, and imagination.