Infested Area

Interactive installation

KURS Søen at Sorø Kunstmuseum 15 Aug - 25 Oct 2009   ·   Funding: Danish Arts Foundation   ·   Thanks: Daniel Høier Øhrgaard (technical assistance) , Leona Sui-Ling Hwang (assistance) , Anders Sune Berg (photos)

A species of virtual bugs have crept into The Art Museum of West Zealand, perhaps through the water pipes or the electrical grid. They have infested an old stairway that leads to the exhibition space, forcing visitors to walk through their territory. They are scared away easily and will flee into the nearest power socket when they feel vibrations on the floor.

Our physical and virtual spaces are in a merging phase. Today, screens in our homes and pockets serve as digital ponds for our virtual life. Much like the Darwinian evolution of sea creatures, virtual instances struggle in a competition to inhabit our physical space and engage in full symbioses with us. As the border between physical and virtual begin to blur, the notion of software bugs become comparable to that of house bugs – most people won’t know how to fight them.

The project involved writing 3D projection mapping software from scratch which allowed the bugs to know the topology of the space they lived in. The form and behaviour of the bugs were procedurally generated. A stairway was replicated as a virtual 3D model and aligned with three video projectors for projection mapping. Two vibration sensors (piezo microphones) attached to the floor acted as sensory input for the bugs.

Infested Area Stairs

Infested Area Creep

Infested Area Poster

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