« Loci Loci » (Shanghai Project)

wei-« Walking up to the place where water originates. Sittingwaiting for the moment when the clouds arise »
Wang Wei (Tang Dynasty), my refuge at the foot of Mount Chung-nan.

« Loci Loci » (in Latin: « the places of a place« ) is a very simple installation that I propose to realize in the context of the « Consciousness Reframed 2015 » conference (De Tao Masters Academy, Shanghai, 20-21 November 2015 ), where I will also give a talk entitled: « Refounding Legitimacy Toward Aethogenesis« .

This is merely a display on the ground of the overall image of Poietic generator. Students would be invited: – first, to participate in creation of this image via their mobile (PLAY), – second, to take place physically on the personal sign that each one draws in real time.


Each participant stands or sit on his/her own sign that he/she modify in real time via mobile.


Mock-up (Building#6, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, SIVA)


The experience may last about one hour. It may involve several tens or hundreds of people locally, and also some other persons who can participate from around the world via Internet.

Practically, so that the experience can take place, I need:

  • a powerful beamer linked to a connected computer,
  • an ideal location (a building overlooking a light colored floor), on which to hang the beamer,
  • a little help to install the hardware, invite participants, welcome them, take pictures, etc.

The place, day and time of the experiment has been fixed:

  • Building#6, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA)
  • Monday 23rd November 2015, 5 > 7 PM (Shanghai Time), 10h – 12h (Paris Time).
  • Free entrance. Online : http://play.poietic-generator.net
  • Videostreaming: stay tuned.

Olivier Auber



Will Poietic Generator show Turing’s patterns ?

This is a Poietic Generator recording (speed x20) with 16 players only.
Try to imagine what we will get with, 50, 100, 1.000, 10.000 players at the same time…
Will it show Turing’s patterns like the ones bellow?

Generative artist and designer Jonathan McCabe, based in Canberra, Australia, is turning Turing’s theory into art. Instead of cells, McCabe starts with pixels. Each pixel gets a random value, usually a number between -1 and 1, which is represented in the final image by a color. Then, McCabe applies a set of rules that dictate how each pixel’s value shifts in response to the ones around it. As the program progresses, pixel values change, creating clusters of shapes that begin to emerge from the originally random mix of numbers.

Source : WIRED