Memory Association Machine

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[B. D. R. Bogart. The Handbook of Research on Computational Arts and Creative Informatics, chapter Memory Association Machine, pages 213–232. IGI Global, 2009.]

“Memory Association Machine” (also known as “Self-Other Organizing Structure #1”) is the first prototype in a series of site-specific responsive installations inspired by cognitive processes.  The artist provides a mechanism that allows the structure of the artwork to change in response to continuous stimulus from its context. Context is defined as those parameters of the environment that are perceivable by the system and make its place in space and time unique. “Memory Association Machine” relates itself to its context using three primary processes: perception, the integration of sensor data into a field of experience, and the free-association through that field. “Memory Association Machine” perceives through a video camera, integrates using a Kohonen Self-Organizing Map, and free-associates through an implementation of Liane M. Gabora’s model of memory and creativity.


Memory Association Machine:
Growing Form from Context

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[B. D. R. Bogart and T. Schiphorst. Memory Association Machine: Growing Form from Context. In Proceedings of the Third International Pure Data Conference, São Paulo; July 20-24, 2009, pages 1–5. Pure Data Conference 2009, 2009.]

This text is a summary of the realization and interpretation of the autonomous responsive electronic media artwork “Memory Association Machine” (MAM). Realization and interpretation are components of the creative process that braids conceptual, site-specific, electronic media art and artificial intelligence practices. MAM relates itself to its context using three primary processes: perception, the integration of sense data into a field of experience, and the free-association through that field. MAM perceives through a video camera, integrates using a Kohonen Self-Organizing Map, and free-associates through an implementation of Liane M. Gabora’s model of memory and creativity. These processes are as important as MAM’s physical appearance, are composed of computational elements, and allow the system to respond to context autonomously.