The idea of electronic life form started with two workshops, we organized 2003 and 2004 at the Academy of media art in Cologne. Under the supervision of Ralf Schreiber and strudel.org (Sebastian Noth, Christian Faubel) we built analog robots with simple moving and interaction principles. Ralf Schreiber introduced us to the BEAM community and inspired us a lot by his living particles work.
Fascinated by electronic creatures which seemed to be alive and the fantastic look of electronic components, we started soldering small creatures living from and reacting to sunlight. To create the feeling, that these little beings are living around us in the existing nature, we put them into old fashioned Weck glasses in which we used to collect real animals in our childhood. Besides we exposed them into nature and documented them in their natural environment.
The merging of technology, art and nature is one aspect of the elf work besides the designing with elements which normally are hidden behind cases. We focus on simple interaction principles and emotional attraction of the observers.
Our research concentrates on the history of and fascination for artificial life as well as on new technologies in the art context. The research blog shows information, links and literature regarding AI, experimental electronics, robots and prototypes for our projects.