The work has two elements, an interactive installation and a website. The installation consists of a cube approximately 20 metres square that viewers enter via a light-trap doorway. The floor comprises a giant touch screen the user interacts as soon as they stand on or touch the floor. The walls and the ceiling are mirrored to reflect the animation and the participants in the room, creating an infinity box effect to invoke a feeling of endless connectivity possibilities.
In the installation users become nodes joining a live peer-to-peer network as they enter the space. Users are tracked by a sensor system that converts their locality into data that represents a new peer joining an existing online network.
In the online version, by connecting to the project network and sending or receiving data, activity is generated within the community representation (although online users will not see the users in the installation space).
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Julie Freeman is a cross-media artist who uses digital technology to reinterpret and modify processes from technological and biological systems,in order to create and reveal alternative meanings.
Her responsive art works are shaped via interaction and communication, by external influences such as human or animal presence or even environmental factors. In Artephyshal Life movements of fish in a tank were transformed into a flowing 3D soundscape.
As a practising artist Julie has exhibited a number of works including; Artephyshal Life, The Oxo Tower, London (1997); White Noise, The Truman Brewery, London (1998); Digital Wave, ICA, London (1998) & UMIST, Manchester (1999). She is an active member of the digital art group Spore and works hands on (design and programming) in the production of their collective work. Spore have exhibited in London, Vienna, Copenhagen and San Francisco.
Julie was a co-founder of Studio Fish, an organisation set-up to use digital media in creative and innovative ways and is a graduate of the MA Digital Arts at the Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, London.
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