Genetic Moo is a collaboration between Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup. We build living installations in pixels and light. In dark spaces you can interact with fantastical creatures or immerse yourself in ever changing digital ecosystems. We’re inspired by popular science, particularly in the areas of ecology, symbiosis, morphology, mutation and artificial life.

We have shown extensively in the UK and abroad, including The Science Centre, Singapore; Eureka! Halifax; LABoral, Gijon; Watermans, London; ICC Open Sky Gallery, Hong Kong; Dreamland, Margate; D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Dundee; Glastonbury and The Wellcome Collection. We work closely with Lumen Art ProjectsMarine Studios and sound artist Julia Schauerman.

We are members of the arts collective The London Group and associate artists at Spare Tyre and HKD

We live in Margate and have worked with the following local organisations: Dreamland; Turner Contemporary; GEEK; Margate Festival; Open School East; The Margate School; POW Thanet and lots of others.



Solo Shows

  • up-coming: online and gallery exhibition at Phoenix, Leicester, 7 Jan-21 Feb 2022 (see awards)
  • current: Virtual Microworld on SKMU Virtual, Jul-ongoing
  • Microworld Kristiansand, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway, May-Oct
  • Multiple at Kristiansand Airport, Norway, July-Sept
  • Microworld Eckert Art Gallery, Millersville University, Pennsylvania, Jan-Mar
  • Microworld Ithra The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran, Oct-Jan

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  (2008/19)




Our animation Battle of Blister, made in collaboration with Dr Neil Dufton (Imperial College), went on tour during 2016 and 2017 as part of Silent Signal an Animate Projects commission supported by the Wellcome Trust.





  • 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, 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