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 420,000 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 Studios and sound artist Julia Schauerman, and is a member of the artists’ 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 / 2022-2025

Solo Shows

Group Shows and events





EXHIBITIONS cont./ 2008-2021


Microworld@HOME / 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.









  • 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