SEVEN MOVEMENTS FOR AN AUTOPOETIC MACHINE
Sound Installation | Group Show
Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst | raster-labor at CTM festival, 2019
The term autopoiesis (from Greek, Modern αὐτo- (auto-), meaning ‘self’, and ποίησις (poiesis), meaning ‘creation, production’) refers to a system capable of reproducing and maintaining itself. The term was introduced in 1972 by Chilean biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela to define the self-maintaining chemistry of living cells. Living systems are autopoietic systems as they produce and reproduce their own constitutive elements including the boundaries that separate them from the environment.
„An autopoietic machine is a machine organized as a network of processes of production (transformation and destruction) of components which through their interactions and transformations continuously regenerate and realize the network of processes that produced them; and constitute it (the machine) as a concrete unity in space in which they (the components) exist by specifying the topological domain of its realization as such a network.“
The Raster Labor can been as such a an autopoietic machine. Sequential Switches, Clock dividers, low frequency oscillators continuously regenerate choices, impulses and rhythmic structures.
The Operator ( the composer ) only adjusts certain parameters of the experimental setup, leaving the fundamental functions to the autonome processes.
Autopoiesis and Cognition: the Realization of the Living H.R. Maturana,
F. J. Varela, Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science ( 1979 )
Autopoiesis and Dance, Mark Bishop Mohammad M. Al-Rifaie Goldsmiths, University of London, UK