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Phil Stearns created “AANN” during only a 2 week residency at Amsterdam’s STEIM. “AANN” stands for “Analog Artificial Neural Network” and is a neural network installation consisting of 50 identical handmade sculptures that react to their immediate surroundings. Two microphones pick up sounds in the space while photocells detect light changes eventually triggering a chain reaction of pulses through the layers of LEDs and speakers embedded in the sculpture. Two “ear-like” microphones pick up sounds and “eye-like” photocells also detect changes in light, which then trigger a chain reaction of pulses through the many layers of the piece. Pretty cool example of a feedback machine.

Phil Stearns AANN project report – Link


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