MEART: The Semi-Living Artist (2001)
“MEART: The semi-living artist” is an installation distributed between two locations in the world. Its “brain” consists of cultured nerve cells of a rat that grow and live in a neuro-engineering lab at the Georgia institute of Technology. Its “body” is a robotic drawing arm that is capable of producing two-dimensional drawings. The arm holds a set of coloured pens and moves them across a sheet of paper, according to the real time neuro activity of the cultured nerve cells. A camera aimed at the drawing provides sensory feedback to the neuronal network. Interestingly, when MEART stopped moving during a public presentation because the neuronal culture died, the gallery went silent with the sudden realization that MEART had been somehow alive.
Credits: Douglas J. Bakkum