Amatria: Sentient Architecture

Photo by Ann Schertz

Luddy Hall is the home of two rather unique Sentient Architecture installations: Amatria and Dendrites. The installations foreshadow a future where the Internet of Things is omnipresent. They also demonstrate how embedded technologies affect humans that inhabit these spaces. Both were created in close collaboration with researchers from the Toronto-based Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG: http://livingarchitecturesystems.com) led by Philip Beesley (Philip Beesley Architect Inc: http://philipbeesleyarchitect.com/sculptures/Amatria/index.php) and members of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center (CNS: http://cns.iu.edu) at School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indiana University, Bloomington.


Amatria, hanging above the stairs in the 4th floor atrium, is a luminous, forest-inspired landscape of soaring clouds and tangled thickets of 3D-printed formations alive with artificial intelligence that invites visitors into an interactive, ethereal space. ‘She’ is a delicate canopy of mesh- and frond-like organic structures suspended from the ceiling in Indiana University’s Luddy Hall atrium, she senses her environment using light and motion sensors, responding with atmospheric sounds, undulating movements, and changing colors. Amatria is a ‘living sculpture’. She is aware of the people who enter her sphere to gaze upon her visual story of abiogenesis: the emergence of life during the earliest stages of development of the universe.


Resources: Amatria Pictionary | Installation Video


Dendrites, on display in the Visualization Lab (4012), are pieces of living architecture. Each comprises one light sensor (the eye) and actuators such as lights and a strand of shape memory alloy that makes the sculpture move. Software controls the sensor and actuators. Dendrite fields were built in the 2017 ISE Summer camp. Dendrites are also used to teach IoT setups and behavior in diverse SICE courses. See the Event listing below for related activities and events.


Resources: Dendrite Kit Instructions | Code on GitHub



Location


Indiana University - Bloomington
4th Floor, Luddy Hall
700 N Woodlawn Ave
Bloomington, IN 47508
Map



Related Events


2018

  • Oct 26-28 OurCS Workshop/Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Oct 10 Indiana University Foundation Board of Director’s Welcome Reception, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Aug 25 Makevention (10:00am–4:00pm), Monroe Convention Center, Bloomington, IN
  • Aug 1 NOAC Dendrite Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Jul 18 Pathfinders/Infosys Open House, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Jun 19 Amatria Public Tour (2:30pm–3:30pm), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • May 21 Amatria Public Tour (4:00pm–5:00pm), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • May 3 Amatria Reserved Tour (1:30pm), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • May 1 Amatria Reserved Tour (10:30am), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Apr 30 Amatria Reserved Tour (2:00pm), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Apr 25 Amatria Reserved Tour (12:00pm), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Apr 24 & 26 HON-H 241 Dendrite Building Session, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Apr 11 VIP Reception before Amatria reveal, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Mar 23-24 CEWiT Summit, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Mar 2-3 Fashion Technology Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2017

  • Dec 5 & 7 ENGR 101 Dendrite Building Session, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Nov 29-30 FTC Conference, Vancouver, Canada
  • Nov 10-11 CIS IEEE EnCON 2017, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Nov 3 Meet Amatria's Creator Philip Beesley, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Oct 26-28 Society of Woman Engineers
  • Oct 21 Science Fest 2017, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Oct 16 E599 Course in ISE, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Oct 12 Dendrite Building Session 2, Bloomington, IN
  • Oct 10 NACAC STEM Fair
  • Oct 5 Dendrite Building Session 1, Bloomington, IN
  • Oct 5 First Thursday, Bloomington, IN (Christian Mackay)
  • Aug 26 Makevention 2017, BloomingLabs, Bloomington, IN
  • Aug 5 Robot Roll Call 2017, WonderLab, Bloomington IN


Acknowledgements

Amatria and the Dendrite kit were designed and developed by the Living Architecture Systems Group in association with Philip Beesley Architect Inc (livingarchitecturesystems.com and philipbeesleyarchitect.com)


Data visualizations that aim to help visually debug, optimize, interlink, and communicate complex IoT setups were designed by PhD student Andreas Bueckle supervised by Katy Börner, Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center (CNS: http://cns.iu.edu) at SICE.