Media technology

Tiri Kananuruk’s installation exhibited at Gwangju Art & Media Technology

Open Arts teacher Tiri Kananuruk’s “Symbiois.Live” installation will be exhibited in Gwangju, Korea from March 30 to June 30. The installation was made in collaboration with Sebastian Morales (NYU ITP ’18).

Part digital, part physical, fully alive. Symbiosis.live is an estuary website where microscopic organisms meet their digital equivalent, internet bots. Together they begin to develop a symbiotic ecosystem, robots travel the world through cables to deliver food to the bioreactor.

Cells, in turn, transform servers to attract or repel Internet bots. The ecosystem operates continuously with minimal human intervention. The coin can be divided into two parts, a physical part and a digital part. In the exhibition space, a microscope and a bioreactor connect in a closed loop. In digital space, custom servers connect to a networked computer with the microscope and bioreactor. These two parts lay the foundations for an environment subject to both physical and digital influences, transforming it into a particular habitat capable of supporting new forms of symbiotic relationships.

As an inorganic living organism (crawlers, fetchers, scrapers, spammers, hacking tools, etc.), bots for short visit the server, their presence is recorded and their behavior studied. What were they looking for? What were they trying to do? The information is then used to turn the server into a more alluring honeypot, designed to lure them in and, if possible, keep them coming back.

As the robots move through the estuary, browsing links and filling out forms, their movement releases food into the bioreactor. In turn, the bioreactor cells begin to manipulate the servers through their behavior and chemical reactions, transforming the parameters of the servers ultimately affecting the fertility of digital soils, supporting different levels of inorganic life.


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