Res Sapiens I

in collaboration with LUSTlab
www.ressapiens.com

13 everyday lamps, using the energy of the internet, responding to data traffic, physically interacting with their surroundings, communicate via their own social network, building a microcosm of things
The Res Sapiens project merges the digital world with the physical. It connects them seamlessly, treating both entities equally. It asks questions not only to us, but also to itself.

Res Sapiens refers to thinking physical objects, from products to architecture, that surpass their visual representation and display their meaning, role and status in society. The continuous stream of (public) digital data and information form the energy on which the Res Sapiens can live. It builds the oil fields of the future, where an ever growing digital heritage increases our understanding and knowledge and, most importantly, creates a stronger collective consciousness.
With our limited perceptual capabilities we can only surf on the surface of the Digital Information Bubble. Lamp001/1 is a visualization of a living internet organism, and moreover it attempts to fuse human and machine senses and build on finding answers of how it could help us.
Lamp001/1 is the first Res Sapiens of its kind. It is both a parasite and a paradox, an identical clone and a unique individual. It thrives on information, collecting and conveying data in seamless communication with others while continuously learning from its surrounding.

The demonstration of Res Sapiens using Lamp001/1 to Lamp013/1 as shown in Milan, shows 13 plain common lamps on one table. Their additional significance lies out of sight. By placing them together you can experience a microcosm of the lamps spread around the world, a demonstration of a global network. They use the continuous stream of (public) digital data and information as their mental energy, meeting each other on their own social network. They inform you like facial expressions based on their personal surroundings, your behaviour and input, and the state of affairs of all other lamps. They can light up and project, be moved and move by themselves. They fuse product and information design, making technology invisible, working and building on humanizing the unhuman.

Authors: Pieke Bergmans & LUSTlab
Exhibition:Salone del Mobile – Milan – 2011
Date:12 – 18 April 2011Location:
Galleria Design Virus, Via Tortona 12, 20144, Milano, Italy


Res Sapiens II

in collaboration with LUSTlab
www.ressapiens.com

The Res Sapiens project merges the digital world with the physical. It connects them seamlessly and treats both entities equally. Not only does the project ask us questions, it also poses questions to itself. Res Sapiens investigates new forms of communication between man and machine and between machine and machine.

From 3 May to 6 August 2012, the Centre Pompidou will present ‘Multiversités créatives’, an exhibition devoted to industrial forecasting and to new territories and creative tools. The exhibition leads visitors along a path of experimentation, research and groundbreaking works in the fields of architecture, design, new technologies and social innovation.
LUSTlab in collaboration with Pieke Bergmans presents the second generation of the Res Sapiens project.
The Res Sapiens is a network of everyday objects, which use the internet as an endless source of energy. When working together they form a super-organism; revealing a possible awareness by mentally interpreting online data and their direct environment. The two lamps presented in Centre Pomidou are part of this network. They produce bodily responses, they shine, move and react, also to eachother. Using the continuous stream of micro-conversations on twitter, they enact the binaries of emotion and rationality. LAMP014 senses feelings in the vicinity of Paris while LAMP015 detects worldwide opinions about current significant wikipedia topics.
The Res Sapiens project merges the digital world with the physical. It connects them seamlessly and treats both entities equally. Not only does the project ask us questions, it also poses questions to itself. Res Sapiens investigates new forms of communication between man and machine and between machine and machine.

Authors: Pieke Bergmans & LUSTlab
Exhibition: Centre Pompidou
Multiversités Créatives

Many thanks to:

Mechanics: Rene Bakker
Emotional gestures: Lukáš Timulak
Wheel of emotions: Robert Plutchik