"I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
like pure water
touching clear sky."
Epiphyte is a tradebot that uses lichen and moss as computational black boxes.
Begining with research, I investigated cybernetic threads within blockchain projects surveying a collection of hybrid digital/biological systems. In my paper I explore what these represent today, in the face of network capitalism and climate change.
I was honored to present my research at RadicalxChange, in Detroit.
From the start, I was interested in a creating a bot that could be placed as an observation station, monitoring a lichen or moss sample in real time. I coded the tradebot in python, using Open CV libraries for much of the computer vision work, and Intrino for my trade API. While the code is rudimentary, it represents a proof of concept. I hope to collaborate with developers in the future to create a more robust code base.
See how I researched and taught myself the skills to build this tradebot.
I was honored exhibit Epiphyte at the MICA Senior Sympiosium, working with a group of other designers and artists to stage a show focused on speculative ecological art.
While the tradebot is complete, the project hardly feels over. I hope to continue to collaborate on these ideas in the future, building out the Epiphyte concept. I'm particularly interested in including other forms of living sensors within financial networks
Built with open source software
Typeset in Nocturne, CSTM Xprmntl 03 & William Caslon