An installation by Rob Godfrey
In function and form, Commuter is a representation of the human organism and the passage of time and mortality. The overall shape of Commuter is a sperm; the overall shape is the human body; the overall shape is a coffin: from the cradle to the grave we are on a journey, a commute, from one place to another.
Commuter is also a working model of the mind, a model which will be the basis for an attempt to create a non-biological intelligence. This is not 'artificial intelligence', whereby a digital computer attempts to simulate 'thought'. Instead it's an attempt to create real consciousness within a machine.
Commuter is Rob Godfrey's latest installation piece and is in essence a 50 foot / 15 metre long coffin with a 'body' laying within it. This body comprises of trackwork and trains. The complex trackwork inside the coffin mimics the arteries, veins and nerves in the human body. The model trains moving up and down the installation mimic the bodily fluids. Each train represents an emotional aspect of life and has its own colour. Sounds eminate from the trains to reflect these emotional themes. You can click on the words below to hear samples (these are mp3 files and will open in your media player)...
This web site outlines how Commuter will be built and how Rob will attempt to give it consciousness. What you will discover on these pages is not only an unusual artwork, it's also a unique scientific experiment. The story behind Commuter is related in Rob Godfrey's fourth memoir The Iberian Job