About Biomodd

Biomodd is a multifaceted socially engaged art installation that finds meaningful relationships between biology, computers and people. On the most basic level, Biomodd creates symbiotic relationships between plants and computers, and ignites conversations among the community around them.

For example, algae are used to cool computer processors so they can run faster, while the heat that is generated by the computer electronics is used to create ideal growing conditions for a plant-based ecosystem. This dynamic is the catalyst for collaboration between the core team members - which include, artists, biologists, computer scientists, game designers, gardeners, community organizers - and members of the local community in which the project takes place.

This open source project was conceived by Belgian biologist-turned-artist and Senior TED Fellow Angelo Vermeulen. He and fellow collaborators have brought Biomodd to a number of different countries throughout the world. The first version started in Athens, Ohio in 2007, and has since traveled to the Philippines, Slovenia, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands, New York, Germany, Kosovo, and now London.

Biomodd Worldwide

Different versions of Biomodd have been completed over the past five years. Biomodd [ATH1] in Athens, Ohio was built between September 2007 and January 2008, and was nominated for the Prix Ars Electronica Hybrid Art award in 2008. The more monumental second iteration, Biomodd [LBA2], was created in Los Baños, Philippines between February and October 2009 and was co-led by Angelo Vermeulen and Diego Maranan. In 2010, after completion of Biomodd [LBA2], Angelo was granted a TED Fellowship in part because of his work on the Biomodd series.

In 2011 during Biomodd [TUDelft3] in the Netherlands augmented reality was implemented for the first time by Pieter Steyaert. Introductory Biomodd workshops have been conducted in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium), Maribor (Slovenia), and New Plymouth (New Zealand). Independent Biomodd projects have been built in the Philippines and Slovenia - led by Al Librero, Maruša Novak and others. Currently a new full-scale Biomodd version is under development at NYSCI in New York City, and in 2014 Biomodd will set foot in London.


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Artist statement
Conceptual framework
Participant testimonies
TED Talk by Angelo Vermeulen