The Genetic Narrative
This experiment tries to illustrate or illuminate the process of genetical evolution in a simple yet visually attractive way.
A custom made application running live during the exhibition, ran a highly simplified genetic algorithm tied in with both a personality and a visual engine showing the discarded mutation data as abstract graphic images.
The created beings had a simple goal, to recreate a famous text chosen at their birth. Since parts of the process are tied into the DNA of the beings they don't always succeed with recreating the text and a surveillance system keeps track of their progress. If the being doesn't meet set quality requirements after a specific amount of time or shows limited to no progress it is discarded and a new being with a new personality is born.
The beings can also succeed with their task and would then... retire.
During the graduation exhibition of eight days over 4000 beings were born, died and documented in a graveyard that the application displayed before the creation of a new being.
To strengthen the concept that the being is alive the visitor also has the possibility to execute a being. Something some visitors almost took a too favourable liking to.