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June 29, 2006

art.ficial emotion 3.0


Life Writer

Life Writer, by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, consits of an old-style type writer that evokes the area of analogue text processing. A normal piece of paper is used as projection screen and the position of the projection is always matched with the position of the type writer roll. When users type text, the resulting letters appear as projected characters on the normal paper. When they push the carriage return, the letters on screen turn into small black and white artificial life creatures that appear to float on the paper of the type writer itself.

The creatures are based on genetic algorithms -- developed for Life Spacies [2] -- where text is used as the genetic code that determines the behaviour and movements of the creatures.

The artificial creatures can be faster or slower depending on their genetic code and body shape. The creatures need to eat text in order to stay alive and when users type a new text they try to snap up these characters from the paper in order to get energy. Once they have eaten enough text they can also reproduce and have off-spring so eventually the screen can become full.

The user can also push the creatures around when using the scroll of the typing machines cylinder: pushing the creatures back into the machine which will crush them or scroll the creatures off the screen alltogether, making new place for new creatures.

More images. Movie.

By connecting the act of typing to the act of creation of life, Life Writer deals with the idea of creating an open-ended artwork where user-creature and creature-creature interaction become essential to the creation of digital life and where an emergent systems of life-like art emerges on the boundaries between analog and digital worlds.

Life Writer is part of art.ficial emotion 3.0 ... [blogged by Régine on we-make-money-not-art]

Posted by jo at June 29, 2006 02:00 PM