Symbiotic @ Phoenix Cube Leicester


What happens when interactive art works interact?

Symbiotic got us thinking about the possibilities of filling rooms with interactions.


You enter a room with six digital art works spread across screens and the gallery walls. As you explore the space, different pieces are triggered, pixels flicker and limbs shake into life. Patterns of colour streak past your eyes. Strange animal like noises fill the air, the artworks seem to be communicating, but how? What are they saying? Who are they talking to? How are they connected? Can you help them create new relationships with each other and what happens when you leave the room?

Symbiotic was an experiment in connected art.

A collaborative exhibition between Genetic Moo and Sean Clark in Leicester. We created three artworks each which interacted with the audience but also with each other. The artworks communicate through sight and sound, working together to form a complex whole that actively responds to the presence of people and changes in the gallery environment. When you enter the gallery you become part of the artworks, helping them grow and creating new, symbiotic relationships.

Video from the opening night.

An attempt to communicate with the cockatoo squid.

Webcams for eyes, microphones for ears

The Whale by Sean Clark searches the deep ocean for sources of light. It particularly likes bioluminescence colours of the Cockatoo Squid, but it will also feed on the reflected light from other creatures it comes across. The Whale never forgets, remembering previous encounters as it searches.

It's Alive! Ants is the latest site-specific piece that sees wriggling pixels respond to user motion in the Cube gallery. Hotspots trigger discs of food which the ants will feed on, laying down pheromone trails as they go. As more ants are activated the trails expand creating mini ant highways across the piece.

Genetic Moo 2017