Biomorpha (Evolving Structures) is a digital interactive installation created by Neus Torres Tamarit in collaboration with computer scientist Ben Murray as her final project for the MA Art and Science. It explores evolutionary interactions between an organism and its environment.
A digital lifeform resides within a landscape of evolutionary pressure to which it is well adapted, until audience members enter its environment. Captured by a Kinect camera sensor, the location of each audience member is treated as a new evolutionary threat to which the lifeform responds through a series of selected mutations, reaching for the audience in order to be well adapted to their presence.
In the private view and event held on Saturday, Neus invited Aimee Dulake and Jessie Richardson, two contemporary dancers from the London Contemporary Dance School, to interact with Biomorpha in a complex and evolving dialogue:
As part of the project, Neus produced acrylic and bioplastic sculptures combined with holographic effects of the Biomorpha forms. Neus started learning how to program in 2015 and FAMC’s introductory programming course helped her build the skills needed to develop early versions of the software, and to then collaborate successfully to complete its more technical aspects.
In October, thanks to funding from the Mercers’ Award, Neus begins a residency at Dr Max Reuter’s laboratory in evolutionary biology at UCL, developing artworks and workshops that explore the topics of evolution and genetics. About this, she says:
“Our objective is to be true to science, but using artistic mechanisms, which directly links with my artistic practice of creating artworks that bridge the gap between genetics and popular culture and that evoke curiosity and wonder about the mechanisms of life; I want to synthesise the concepts into mixed media installations that create an emotional response so that people react to the subject of genetics as a human experience.”
Pictures by José Ramón Caamaño. In the pictures: Aimee Dulake and Jessie Richardson during the performance; Ben Murray and an audience member