Robin Meier & Andre Gwerder
Synchronicity (Thailand) is a video documentation of an experiment where live fireflies are made synchronize their flashes to computer controlled LED’s. Throughout the video the artists explore the relationship between mathematical models of this complex group behavior and their biological reality in the field. By influencing living fireflies with computer controlled lights they question the idea of free will and simultaneously transform a machine into a living actor inside a colony of insects.
Synchronicity was produced by the Audemars Piguet Art Commission 2015 and supported by Pro Helvetia for the exhibition at Wood Street Galleries.
For the opening of the exhibition, Robin Meier & Ali Momeni will present a musical performance on the theme of synchrony vs synchronicity to accompany the first showing of the video Synchronicity (Thailand) in the US. Guided by two naturally synchronizing pendulums, they will join the rhythmic chorus of the fireflies and LED’s.