Delay Lines (feedback) draws from our research and work with silica-based mediums such as glass, integrated circuits, and soft robotics. Silica – one of the most common substances on Earth – is formed when massive stars explode. This stardust permeates our bodies and all aspects of our built world through a variety of geological, technological, and biological transformations. Delay Lines explores relations between the environment, computing, robotics, and artificial life forms.

Delay Lines (2019) is situated alongside the Asahi River in Ishiyama Park. A network of glass objects is animated by water from a subterranean river, Okayama City’s water source, through a series of pathways. These glass forms are associated with condensation, distillation and transformation. They are delay lines, or lengths of material that are equivalent to measures of time.

This timed organism transfers heat from a machine through water, and offers this warmth to an artificial life form. Simulations of a subterranean riverbed are affected by the computer’s temperature as well as the movements of the manta. This warmer water becomes an environment for an artificial manta ray housed in its amnionic world, coupling organism and machine, chip and fetus.

Delay Lines is supported by Prof. Shuichi Wakimoto, System Integration Lab at Okayama University, and the EPFL BioRobotics Lab and residency at EPFL Art Pavilions (2020-21).

Tags: Melissa Dubbin, Aaron S. Davidson, Stardust, Silica, Delay Lines