Cybernetics in the Lowlands

On: October 4, 2008
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About Arno de Natris
Finished the Master in New Media in august 2009. See for mor details about me on


Although the place to be for technological dreams is, or was, Silicon Valley in the United States, the Lowlands have their own valley: Eindhoven. In the seventies and the eighties a museum called the Evoluon exposed modern technology that might change the world. Some say that UFO-like building looks like a boob, including the nipple. With silicones!

Entering the building that time you walked into an environment full of high tech machines. One of them was the Senster, a cybernetic sculpture made by Edward Ihnatowicz. It was the, so it’s claimed, first computer controlled piece of Art. The machine responded to people’s movement, their voice by radar and by a microphone. A bit like the SAM, we MoM theories students talked about in class last week.

The Senster, as can be said for the Evoluon as a technology museum, has been dismantled for many years now. You can read about the machine on the Senster website. If you’re not a tekkie, the little videos on Youtube about the Senster and the exhibitions in Eindhoven’s silicons are at least fun.

The Senster in the Evoluon:

First part of a promtional film about the museum, probably made by Bert Haanstra:

Second part:

The SAM:

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