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Branching Morphogenesis

Branching Morphogenesis is currently on display at the Futurelab within Ars Electronica , Linz Austria-European Cultural Capital 2009. On view through 2009.

"Since its very inception, Ars Electronica's focus has been on the tension and interplay at the nexus of art, technology and society. Formulating and implementing the future manifestations of this interaction is the chosen mission of the Ars Electronica Futurelab."

Branching Morphogenesis explores fundamental processes in living systems and their potential application in architecture. The project investigates part-to-whole relationships revealed during the generation of branched structures formed in real-time by interacting lung endothelial cells placed within a 3D matrix environment. The installation materializes five slices in time that capture the force network exerted by interacting vascular cells upon their matrix environment. The time lapses manifest as five vertical, interconnected layers made from over 75,000 cable zip ties. Gallery visitors are invited to walk around and in-between the layers, and immerse themselves within an organic and newly created "Datascape" fusing dynamic cellular change with the body and human occupation, all through the constraints of a ready-made.

Design Team:
Jenny E. Sabin
Andrew Lucia

In Collaboration with
Peter Lloyd Jones and LabStudio

Simulations with Christopher Lee

Assembly Team:
Dwight Engel
Matthew Lake
Austin McInerny
Marta Moran
Misako Murata
Jones Lab members

Special thanks to Annette Fierro for critical commentary.

Click here for Network simulations built with Processing

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