Network organism

The city of Trondheim (Norway) is building a school to house more than a thousand laptop wielding students. Lars Paalgaard and Even E. Westvang from the Bengler Collective have produced an art piece for their network.


Nomen Nominandum, an organism that can live and grow for several years, floats around on the school network. If you call for it by voice or mouse movement it may come to your machine. If you play with it in the right way it will stay until it gets bored. At night, it sleeps curled up on its secluded plasma screen. It has real-time moods, sleeps in on Mondays and may decide to go away for a month in January. Its growth is very slow and as with living things you may never see it grow, but rather remember that it looked completely different some years ago.

Quicktime 5Mb of the animal in action. Video presenting the work.

Via generator x and blprnt.