An international network of/for intelligent organisms
Systems Games Night London:
Rules of the Collective (and Being Slime Mould)
hosted by artist Heather Barnett (and scientists from Swansea University)
Free to attend, BYO drinks & snacks.
How do organisms communicate and coordinate?
How can a brainless blob possess intelligence?
We will explore these questions by playing with the rules that generate complex collective behaviour in living systems, from single-celled organisms, to social animals (including humans).
We will also be running a scientific study with researchers from Swansea University who will join us to investigate how people respond to the games we play. Some saliva will be requested. (To ensure that data is useful for the scientific study we ask people not to eat/drink or brush their teeth for at least 1 hour before the event. All will be explained ☺ )
Heather Barnett is an artist, researcher and educator interested in natural phenomena, collective behaviour and biological design, often working in collaboration with scientists, artists, organisms and willing members of the public. She is currently Artist in Residence at Swansea University working with behavioural scientists, exploring the social networks and motion dynamics of animals (including humans).
Systems Games is a collective for people interested in complex systems and collective behaviour using various modes of experimentation and expression. We are scientists, artists, researchers, dancers, facilitators, and game makers interested in creating novel experiences which investigate systems thinking and explore how people can learn, play, organise, and collaborate. We are interested in exploring the rules, dynamics and behaviours at play within systems that surround us and that we operate within, drawing from biological, technological and social contexts. Each session takes a different focus on systems thinking, collective behaviour and co-creation. All are experimental.
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