Biomodd is an ongoing series of temporary experiments where nature and technology are fused into hybrid interactive art installations. The core idea is the co-creation of experimental systems in which recycled computers coexist and interact with living ecosystems. It is being developed on site with local communities (often joined in by team members from previous versions), and aims to ignite critical conversations about ecology, progress and consumer culture.
This is the first Biomodd art installation that interacts with different continents. The artwork consists of parts located in Aberdeen (Scotland) and Bahia (Brazil). Real-time sensor data from different indigenous plants and mosses are exchanged between these two locations. Real time data is shared between BIOS in Te Tai Tokerau, and concurrent installations in Aberdeen (Scotland) and Bahia (Brazil). Signals sent from BIOS are also visualised in a web-based VR environment created by the SEADs teamThat sensor data is then sent to Te Tai Tokerau/Northland (Aotearoa/New Zealand) where it interacts with installations as part of the BIOS Creative Innovation Lab run by creative studio AwhiWorld (supported by ThoTho).
Biomodd [ABD14] is developed in partnership with AwhiWorld, and the BIOS Creative Innovation Lab as an experiment in global collaboration. This partnership is an opportunity to build connections between Europe, Latin America, and the often isolated area of Te Tai Tokerau which is at the top of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s North Island. The region has experienced a number of disruptions in the last three years including COVID-19 lockdowns as well as significant weather events as a result of climate change.
This project was lead by Amy Holt and I was one of the contributing SEADS members.