An exhibition of interactive installations by SaBa (Sam Sheffield and Barry Whittaker)
Mother Brain, 2013:
Drawing inspiration from open source culture and community farming movements, SaBa (Sam Sheffield and Barry Whittaker) have created "Mother Brain," a game which is driven by locally produced vegetables. As the vegetables gradually change over time, so will the game—a landscape transformed into a garden of glitches.
Bunrakuraku explores the intersection of technology, participation, and puppetry. Taking inspiration from international styles of puppet theater, ranging from Japanese Bunraku to Punch and Judy, this work explores the intersection of audience and puppeteer―with a few extra limbs included. Bunrakuraku places viewers into a virtual puppet theater space. Limbs appear and disappear, each controlled by a different audience member. In this space, an individual’s movements and actions are combined to form a single multi-limbed puppet. Here, people are encouraged to playfully engage with multiple collaborators.
SaBa is a series of collaborative projects created by Sam Sheffield & Barry Whittaker. Currently based in Baltimore, MD and Toledo, OH, Sam & Barry develop interactive work inspired by a variety of media ranging from Japanese television and history to internet memes and game theory.