"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.
Jenny E. Sabin
In Collaboration with
Peter Lloyd Jones and LabStudio
Simulations with Christopher Lee
Jones Lab members
Special thanks to Annette Fierro for critical commentary.