Genetic Moo is a collaboration between creative coding couple Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup. They create large-scale interactive installations for museums and galleries. Their art encourages experimentation and play and is inspired by popular science, particularly ecology, artificial life and evolution.

Since 2013, Genetic Moo has been working on Microworld, an ambitious digital ecosystem project. Microworlds are immersive art spaces filled with digital creatures with life cycles and survival techniques and which respond to visitors using sensors. Visitors can interact with the creatures or design their own. Microworld is produced by Lumen Art Projects and has been shown around the world in Europe, the USA, the Middle East and Asia. In the last five years, over 350,000 people have engaged in a Microworld.

Genetic Moo has won numerous grants, awards and commissions worldwide. Their exhibitions include SKMU, Norway; Ithra, Dhahran; The Science Centre, Singapore; Eureka! Halifax; LABoral, Gijon; Kinetica, London; ICC Open Sky Gallery, Hong Kong; Dreamland, Margate; Glastonbury and The Wellcome Collection.

Genetic Moo works closely with Lumen Art ProjectsMarine Studios and sound artist Julia Schauerman and is a member of the art collective The London Group.

Genetic Moo is based in Margate and has worked with the following local organisations: Dreamland; Turner Contemporary; GEEK; Margate Festival; Open School East; The Margate School; POW Thanet and lots of others.

EXHIBITIONS / 2020-2023

Solo Shows

  • to be announced Microworld at The Amelia Scott, Royal Tunbridge Wells, 30 May-3 Sept 2023
  • to be announced Microworld at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, 22 Jul-28 Aug 2023
  • Microworld: Lincoln The Collection Lincoln & Usher Gallery, 9 Jul–2 Oct 2022
  • Biocybernetic Universal System Tendency (B.U.S.T.) online multiplayer ecological art game a Phoenix at Home commission, live till 2023
  • Daisyworld online and gallery exhibition at Phoenix, Leicester, 7 Jan-20 Feb 2022 (see awards)
  • Virtual Microworld on SKMU Virtual, Jul-ongoing
  • Microworld Kristiansand, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway, May-Oct 2021
  • Multiple at Kristiansand Airport, Norway, July-Sept 2021
  • Microworld Eckert Art Gallery, Millersville University, Pennsylvania, Jan-Mar 2020
  • Microworld Ithra The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran, Oct-Jan 2020

Group Shows and events

[email protected] / between Mar 2020 and Jan 2021, we live-broadcast 25 2-hour programmes on our YouTube channel. The programmes documented our digital ecosystem experiments and virtual collaborations with Julia Schauerman, Stephen Carley, Sean Clark, Simon Rae, Jonathan Armour, David Viey, Eva Pascoe, Ed Kelly & Simon Limbrick, Sandra Crisp, Svetlana Ochkovskaya, Zachary Aghaizu, Jockel Liess, David Theobald, The Computer Art Society, Spare Tyre, The SparkleVerse, Millersville University PA and the alternative art education community.




EXHIBITIONS cont./ 2008-2019








  • Potluck #9, The Beaney, Canterbury
  • Microworld Margate, Marine Studios, Margate
  • Made in Roath Festival, Cardiff
  • Microworld Arcadia, ArcadeCardiff, Cardiff
  • The London Group Centenary, Pitzhanger Manor, London
  • GEEK 2013, Margate


  • Symbiotic, The Cube Gallery, Phoenix Leicester
  • Papay Gyro Nights programme, Belgrade Art Fair, Serbia
  • WWW: World Wild Web, Furtherfield Gallery, London
  • Dickensian Hauntings, Illumini, London
  • 700IS, Egilsstadir, Iceland
  • Papay Gyro Nights 2012, Papa-Westray, Orkney


  • Shangri-La Zone, Glastonbury
  • You are not in control, Netil House, London
  • Microbes and Me activity day at The Wellcome Collection, London
  • Papay Gyro Nights 2011, Papa-Westray, Orkney


  • Cryptmas, Illumini, St Pancras Church, London
  • Curiouser & curiouser, Old Vic Tunnels, London
  • Unleashed Devices, Watermans, London
  • Secret Subterranean, Illumini, Shoreditch, London
  • Is It Over, Dalston bunker show, London
  • I Believe…, Red Velvet Curtain Cult, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea


  • The London Group Open, The Menier Gallery, London
  • EMBED, The Camberwell Space, London
  • Transition, The Bargehouse, South Bank, London
  • Quantifying Play, Jago Gallery, London


  • Collision 08, Area 10 Project Space, London
  • () RE | BOOT; Area 10 Project Space, London
  • Electric Blue, The Bargehouse, London