Artists Statement

We build living installations in pixels and light.

Since 2008 we have been developing a series of interactive video installations. Darkened spaces reveal beguiling & unsettling creatures, combining elements of the human and the animal. Choreographed video clips respond in a variety of life-like ways to user motion and touch. The works are driven using open source software and webcams and can be easily adapted to different locations. The creatures vary in size from the tiny Animacules to the all encompassing Mother.

We have become interested in combining artworks together so that they interact with the audience, the space, and also each other. In this way we create complex immersive spaces where even we the artists don't know what will happen next.

Thematically we're interested in mutation and modification, polymorphism and perversity. The pull between attraction and repulsion is an important element of our grotesque creations. Our work may inspire disgust but laughter is never far behind. By using physical engagement we make users question the nature of our creatures and what they have to say about human evolution. Interaction enables us to heighten an illusion of life, and create rich user driven narratives.

Genetic Moo is a collaboration between Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup

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