2014 - current

collaborative open-source hardware research project

The neuromime is an open source electronic model of a biological nerve cell. Networks of neuromimes can be interconnected to create site-responsive electro-physical artworks. As muscles in a body physically articulate neurological function through gesture and voice, the behaviour of the network is expressed through pulsing patterns of sound, light, and motion.

The neuromime was designed by artist Norman White and presented at the Grounding Open Source Hardware summit (Banff, 2009). In 2015, it was released as an open-source hardware project by artist Peter Flemming and computer scientist Stephen Kelly. Neuromimes:

  • critically examine the omnipresence of software neural networks by extracting certain of their properties, rendering them physical and therefore available for contemplation
  • propose that complex and provocative digital artworks can be made without computers (you just needs lots of neuromimes) and that algorithms can be embedded physically in objects as well as software
  • explore the history of computation, referring back to early hardware neural nets, like the perceptron
  • bridge art and science

source files and further reference
project repository:

Norman White on Neuromimes, 2014

Norman White, author of the neuromime, speaking on neuromimes, art, biology, culture at Interaccess in Toronto, 2014.

Neuromimes - audio feedback loop, 2016

Neuromime research and experiments from summer 2016 in the studio of Stephen Kelly studio (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

Neuromimes - fibre optic synapses, 2017

Documentation of neuromimes research conducted during at Winter 2017 residency at Eastern Bloc in Montréal, Québec. Fibre-optic synapses and double audio feedback loop.



modular open source hardware research project

The modular core of each device on a Lazymode network is the Modified Miller Montréal-Saskatoon Miller Engine (MMSMSE) circuit, released as an open source hardware project.

spiderlogic (i)

in-situ improvised kinetic / sound installation

Floating ladders, chairs, tables; aperiodic perturbations; mechanically modulated shadow; arhythmic/rhythmic tension.

spiderlogic (ii)

in-situ improvised kinetic and sound installation

Spiderlogic. Ad-hoc architecture, intuitive physics, informal engineering.

IO (prototype)

experiment / prototype / rehearsal

First publicly presented working prototype of IO in Rhizope exhibition, Tallinn, Estonia, May 2014.

Irrational Orchestration
demonstration: electromagnetic oscillator

experiment / prototype / rehearsal

Prototype for axon/vibrational strutcural element.

Irrational Orchestration
studio rehearsals, research images, materials tests

experiment / prototype / rehearsal

Documentation of studio rehearsals, research images, materials tests for Irrational Orchestration.

Irrational Orchestration
demonstrations: experiments with vibrating bars + resonators

experiment / prototype / rehearsal

Testing material and acoustic qualities of various objects.

NKD research
Photon Theatre

residency research, prototypes, maquettes

Light as substance.

Barracks Bricollage
Headlands research: sound / building studies for new work

residency research, prototypes, maquettes

Documentation of studies and experiments in sound/acoustics and architecture/building using materials found mostly on site as an artist in residence at the Headlands Center, California, summer 2014.

Column Coil
Headlands research: Oroboros of alternating current

residency research, prototypes, maquettes, experiments in electromagneticks and architecture

Objects dance erratically in an intense, fluctuating electromagnetic field of a coiled extension cord, the head and tail of which are plugged into a custom three-headed oroboros cable. Research from a summer residency at the Headlands Centre in California.