Living Timeline (2012)

Bringing the last 460 million years of evolutionary development to life

Living TimelineĀ brings the last 460 million years of evolutionary development to life, with creatures ranging from spiders, beetles and snails, through ammonites and trilobites to sharks and dinosaurs inhabiting a Mixed Reality ecosystem.

The creatures are projected onto a physical 3D landscape measuring 4.6m. Like Glowing Pathfinder Bugs, creatures sense their landscape, and the presence of visitors, through the use of Kinect stereo camera sensors, and they respond accordingly by flying off, panicking and running away, crawling up your arm or being splattered to death by rampant children.

The project is part of a group of projects that have explored and extended the ideas behind Glowing Pathfinder Bugs (2008), an artwork that projects caterpillars onto a sandpit.

These projects use simple projection mapping techniques to create convincing forms of spatially coherent Mixed Reality experience; making the digital world feel as though it exists within our own physical reality, rather than looking through a window/screen into a parallel yet untouchable universe.

Living Walls is a permanent exhibition, commissioned by At-Bristol. It has been running since July 2012.

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