Nothing escapes the ineluctable embrace of entropy, the one-way trip of our Universe toward chaos and heat death. Yet at least on one small sphere, our planet, there is a rude and surprising exception: LIFE. As time progresses, everything becomes less organized, but LIFE is an exception. It grows more complicated, and more interesting. Schroedinger calls this organizational drive negentropy – when things want to be ALIVE. Negentropy is a honeybee colony and a night at the opera. Negentropy is a Bronx cheer in the face of Death. The SWARM of autonomous beings by their very nature will have emergent and complex behavior. They will flock , flirt, dance and interact, and their actions will surprise and astonish even us, their creators. They are simple, but together they will behave in ways more complex than we can predict. A lot like LIFE .

see an incredible 3D Animation by Phil Spitler –

or view it in higher quality MOV or WMV format.

SWARM is a funded large scale kinetic art project for Burning Man 2007. It consists of a number of rolling spherical vehicles, actuated by a non-rolling interior with a counterweight. With GPS guidance and computer control, the spheres can execute motions evocative of animals and dancers.

Proposal For Burning Man 2007

to join us, or for more info, email info@orbswarm.com

Our artwork has received a generous grant from Burning Man. Without it, this project wouldn’t be possible. This grant covers most of our expenses. Donations to the project are very gratefully accepted. They will go a long way to briding that gap to create a fantastic and long lasting work of art.

Your donation of $100 or more can be tax-deductable. Contact us to make arrangements.

~ The SWARM Team

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  1. […] At Maker Faire Bay Area 2008, you exhibited another collaborative project called SWARM. Tell us about that experience. How was SWARM received? SWARM consists of a herd of six […]

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