Jane Prophet
Brief description of the work:
TechnoSphere was an artificial life simulation that was inspired by complexity theory, landscape and artificial life
Materials, dimensions, duration:
Originally developed for the web and in 2D, TechnoSphere later developed a 3D version.
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
TechnoSphere was online from 1995 - 2002, and in 1999 exhibited at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television at Bradford, UK (see image below)
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
Audience members can build herbivore or carnivore creatures from a range of pre-fabricated parts (see right), determining speed, visual perception, or rate of digestion. The creatures are then placed in a landscape environment, where they feed and roam. When creatures meet they can fight or mate, which might lead to the creation of a new 'baby' creature. The user is kept informed of such events via email. Technosphere attracted over 100 000 visitors.
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
Collaboration with Gordon Selley. Website development funded by Arts Council of England
Floorplan, scheme:
TechnoSphere at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford
Visual/ audio-visual reference:
Key theme(s):
Observing systems in action
Further context: