Gábor Gyõrfi

Live Images
Thalli 1

2000 Computer photogram,
50 x 70 cm

Thalli 2
2000 Composition: wood, string, nylon, LED, electronic control
120 x 60 x 40 cm

"Certain biological models within sterile conditions are unable to survive. In such instances, the usual solution is that scientists mix random elements - 'a little noise' - into the system. What might this mysterious noise be? What allows these spontaneous errors to restore the life functions of the models?

My piece, which is the first in a longer series of projects, is focused around this dilemma. I chose a classic model as the experimental example. Neumann's cell programs are population models. Due to a few cleverly selected regulations, they are able to function for several generations, yet after a certain period of time they freeze, and their evolutional development comes to a halt. The cell programs I inserted into my work can be awoken only when the visitor moves close to them, since it is the noise-generating presence of the spectator that makes the cell move.

The rules that govern the cell program I used were formulated by the scientist John Conway, who called it the "life-game". They include the following: the vital space is a network of squares. In each of its compartments only one living entity can survive. Each cell is surrounded by eight neighbouring compartments. When within one generation, one cell has two or three living neighbours, the cell will continue to the next generation. Otherwise the cell dies. If an empty compartment has exactly three living cell neighbours, a new cell is born there. "

Biography : Gábor Gyorfi was born in 1970 in Budapest, Hungary where he lives and works. He gratuated from the Painting and the Intermedia Departements at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, he attended as well the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver.