A Swarm-Grid-Sensing Workshop

in LIWOLI (Linux Week Linz) Festival 2012: Art Meets Radical Openness | Festival dedicated to art, hacktivism & open cultures.

Very often the concept of swarming is used to notice and to find rule-sets or algorithms to repredict individual behaviour in certain situations, as in public spaces and the impact of one’s individual self-perception when there is a set of rules that shape the swarming behaviour.

We used the concept of swarming as a basic set; enhancing it so we could collect individual notions and sense a social and personal feedback on response to our collective action.

The workshop was split into three phases:

  1. Phase I aims to introduce the swarming practice and the con-cept of city swarming as tool for social sculpture, challenge of the power and condition shaping behavior in different types of public space and to develop a series of swarming „performances“ in public space. Therefor Phase I will include the decision on the rule sets that organize the swarming behavior and subsequently the swarms collective behavior.
  2. Phase II will be the swarming performances itself. Within the performances we will be a swarm acting according to the swarm organization – rules and thus shape or at least influence the actions in the public spaces we swarm at. But besides the per-formance, phase II is the sensing part of it. All swarm members will detect their internal feelings, notions of reactions caused by the swarm, and additionally we will carry out in phase I a set of interesting qualities and conditions in the public spaces, which we want to observe and detect during the swarming.
  3. Phase III is then to collect, compare and discuss, both the out-come of the swarming, and what we as swarm particles sensed and detected. The results will be discussed and presented in the lecture on the swarm sensing.





LiWoLi is a community festival, open lab and annual meeting spot for artists, educators and developers using and creating Free Software (FLOSS), Open Hardware and Open Design in the artistic and cultural context. This event is all about sharing artistic skills, code and knowledge within the public domain and discussing the challenges of an open practice. This year’s edition had a special focus on artworks that could be created, performed or exhibited outdoors and in public space and EXPANDERRR conducted a workshop on Swarming behaviour performance.