Life Spacies II
Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau
Brief description of the work:
"Life Spacies II" is an artificial life environment where remotely located visitors on the Internet and the on-site visitors to the installation can interact with each other through evolutionary forms and images. An editor translates the written text of incoming messages into the genetic code of a creature.
Materials, dimensions, duration:
Exhibited as interactive installation requiring a 5 x7 m space, projection and user input facilities.
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
Developed in 1999, and shown in 2003 at "RESPOND - Body/Data/Space" at Sedwick Museum, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
At RESPOND, audience members could build creatures by sending a text message to a server. The text was interpreted as genetic code to determine the look and motility of the creature. Users could feed their creatures by sending further text messages which were interpreted as food sources. Creatures could only feed on letters that formed part of their 'birth code'.
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
Permanent collection of ICC InterCommunication Museum, Tokyo
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Key theme(s):
Observing systems in action; immersive play
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