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“Luci” reproduces the functioning of a self-organizing system inspired by the behaviour of the fireflies of the mangroves of Southeast Asia. It has been observed that when the male of the firefly sends an intermittent signal, the female responds with a similar flash. First, the frequencies of the light emissions tend towards each other and, later, they are fully coupled. This is only an example of what is a general characteristic of nature: the existence of coupled oscillators, systems that tend to stabilize in certain periodic sequences of states as long as fluctuations strong enough to break the stability of these configurations don’t occur.

“Luci” consists of 64 composite units, each one of them, by five sensitive light and sound emitters whose rhythmic behaviour shapes innumerable chaotic patterns that tend to stability. The individual components lack information about the behaviour of the whole, although Luci’s behaviour is manifestly more complex than that of its members. The alteration in the environmental luminosity, produced by the intervention of the visitor, stimulates the communication of the components causing a new coupling. Although the polyrhythmic patterns of adaptation are not always the same and, although the starting points and the paths may be essentially different, they always end up in the same place. Luci is a sign that the world is full of clocks that are coupled and whose heartbeats generate a noise of universal dimensions that gives us an idea of the order we think we can guess in Nature.

“Luci” is, as a last resort, an allusion to the irreversibility of life and the absolute security of death.