Synaptic Caguamas

Subsculpture 4
Synaptic Caguamas is a kinetic sculpture consisting of a motorized Mexican "cantina" bar table with 30 "Caguama"-sized beer bottles (1-litre each). The bottles spin on the table with patterns generated by cellular automata algorithms that simulate the neuronal connections in the brain. Every few minutes the bottles are reset automatically and seeded with new initial conditions for the algorithm, so that the movement patterns are never repeated. This kinetic sculpture is a primitive and absurd attempt to make tangible the mathematics of recollection and thought.
Name in spanish: Caguamas Sinápticas
Year of Creation: 2004
Technique: Glass bottles on motorized wooden table, PC running algorithms that simulate neuronal activity
Dimensions: 87 x 210 x 180 centimeters
Edition: 3 copies + 1 AP
Keywords: generator, indoor, robotic, sound.
Collections: Colección Femsa (Monterrey), Jonathon Carroll Collection (NYC) and private collector
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2004 - Art Basel Miami Beach, Galería OMR, Miami, United States


  • Latin America Auction, Phillips, New York City, New York, United States, 2015.
  • Desplazamientos, FEMSA collection group show, El Instituto Tamaulipeco para la Cultura y las Artes, Matamoros, México, 2013.
  • FEMSA "desplazamiento de Arte Moderno", Museo Reyes Meza, Nuevo Laredo, México, 2012.
  • interconexiones 2000-2009: Arte contemporáneo en la Colección FEMSA, Colección FEMSA, Pinacoteca Diego Rivera, Xalapa, México, 2011.
  • Trayectos: paisaje y memoria. Arte contemporáneo en la Colección FEMSA, Centro Cultural de Chiapas Jaime Sabines, Tuxtla Gutierrez, México, 2010.
  • Trayectos: paisaje y memoria. Arte contemporáneo en la Colección FEMSA, Planetario Villahermosa, Villahermosa, México, 2010.
  • Conjugaciones: Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano en la Colección FEMSA, Museo de los pintores Oaxaqueños, Oaxaca, México, 2009.
  • Subsculptures, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Genève, Switzerland, 2005 - 2006.
  • ARCO '05, Galería OMR, Madrid, Spain, 2005.
  • Art Basel Miami Beach, Galería OMR, Miami, Florida, United States, 2004.
  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Galería OMR, Mexico City, México, 2004.


  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - concept, direction
  • Conroy Badger - programming
  • Will Bauer, Sandra Badger, Karl-Erik Riesach, Peggy Strong, Robyn Badger, Jennifer Laughlin, Denis Sulivan, Olav Kahlbaum, OMR Gallery (Mexico) - production support
  • Private collections and FEMSA collection in Monterrey, Mexico