Self-organizing system, 2014
Foam packing materials, motors and electronic components
‘Self-organizing system’ is a colony of swarming objects including polystyrene foam inserts, edge protectors and other industrial packing materials, all of which were originally designed for protecting consumer goods and fragile items in transit. Styrofoam materials are as ubiquitous as they are essential to the global circulation of commodities, but reaching their destination they are immediately discarded. Here, a swarm of these found materials navigates across the exhibition space, moving around slowly and interacting to one another as a community of their own, while the viewer is encouraged to seek patterns of emergent order in their obscure behaviour. Left to their own devices, these minimal objects remain within the sphere of circulation but are no longer in need of human agency to instigate their mobility.
Photos by Roberto Ruiz courtesy of The Green Parrot.