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A series of books that design themselves.

Exhibited at:
CultureHub Re-Fest 2020, March 12–14
The Downstairs at La Mama, New York City
The Vortex, Los Angeles

Live streams here.
Featured in New York Magazine.
Story highlights here.

More images: March 13A, March 13B, March 14A, March 14B, March 15A, March 15B.

"Von Neumann's goal was to specify an abstract machine which, when run, would replicate itself. In his design, the machine consists of three parts: a 'blueprint' for itself, a mechanism that can read any blueprint and construct the machine (sans blueprint) specified by that blueprint, and a 'copy machine' that can make copies of any blueprint. After the mechanism has been used to construct the machine specified by the blueprint, the copy machine is used to create a copy of that blueprint, and this copy is placed into the new machine, resulting in a working replication of the original machine. Some machines will do this backwards, copying the blueprint and then building a machine." ¹

Universal Constructors is an ongoing series of books that design themselves, an exercise in instruction-based systems and objects. In this version, custom code using the open source Javascript library basil.js controls the popular page design and layout tool Adobe InDesign, computationally generating printed matter that self-publishes via print-on-demand services.

"The ability to achieve open-ended evolution lies in the fact that, just as in nature, errors (mutations) in the copying of the genetic tape can lead to viable variants of the automaton, which can then evolve via natural selection." ¹

¹ “Von Neumann Universal Constructor.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 1 Oct. 2019, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Von_Neumann_universal_constructor

Assets to be available on Are.na.

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