Biomorpha

Biomorpha (Evolving Structures) is a mixed media installation that combines a digital interactive installation, a series of acrylic and bioplastic sculptures, holograms, photo-etchings and a performance. The project explores the idea that an organism is limited by the success of the mutations of its ancestors and how evolutionary pressure accelerates the mutation rate in an organism that is adapted to an environment that originally has stable conditions.

Special thanks to Ben Murray for his help in developing the software, to Dr Max Reuter for his contribution in genetics and evolution and to Aimee Dulake and Jessie Richardson for their involvement in the performance.

This is my final project for the Masters in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins, exhibited at the Degree Show in May 2017.

This artwork explores the dramatic evolutionary pressure that can be caused by a sudden change in a species’ environment. An organism that is well adapted to a relatively stable environment can stay largely unchanged for millions of years. In a continuously changing environment, a species can undergo dramatic changes in a relatively short time, as there is a high potential for mutations that help it to survive in the new environment. In Biomorpha, the audience is the evolutionary pressure.