ITP Spring Show 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2-6pm & Monday, May 11, 5-9 pm

Eyal Ohana
Filippo Vanucci

Axolotl (is it alive?)

Axolotl is an animated living creature responding to being looked at. How would you feel when only observing makes Axolotl respond? Is it alive?

Spatial Media,The Nature of Code

"Axolotl" is an interactive installation based on a life-like algorithmic
animation a creature, responding to the presence of observers. The
project is an exploration of possibilities to portray life, through motion
and form, in an attempt to examine what kind of emotional response can
be stimulated in the observer. The creature will be in a peaceful resting
state only when it is not being looked at. As soon as a single person
is standing in front of the installation, the creature is "disturbed"
and responds by moving more intensively, agitated. The more observers
are present, the more restless the motion would be. This will result in a
paradox of observers not being able to fully experience the peaceful state
of the creature. Observation, which is usually perceived as a passive act,
becomes an active role.