Philip Beesley – Reflexive Forests, Fields and Reefs
Friday, 9 July 2010
Hylozoic Soil – Philip Beesley
Philip Beesley’s sculpture and installation works utilise automated geotextiles, lattices of acrylic tiles, and reflexive materials to create artificial plants, reefs and cybernetic forests. Incorporating an array of sensors (whiskers) and actuators, these ecosystems interact with the environments and anyone wishing to wander through its digital/mechanised undergrowth.
Hylozoic Soil, an immense chandelier of intricate forest-like material contains branches holding feathers and fur, which reach out to stroke or be stroked.
‘The sculpture responds to human ‘occupation’ with air movement, produced by peristatic waves of motion within distributed fields of lightweight-pores. Arrays of capacitance-sensing whiskers and shape-memory alloy actuators are used to pull air and organic matter through the occupied space.’
In action, there appears to exist a tension between the apparent cyborgian, and arguably ominous triffid-like forms, and their soft benevolent actions and behaviour of calm curiosity.