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What is Biomodd [LBA2]?

Biomodd [LBA2] is both 

  • an art installation, and 
  • the process-oriented event that leads to the creation of the installation. It is a process that relies on heavily on collective creativity. 

As an installation, Biomodd [LBA2] is a monumental, living sculpture that integrates collaborative creativity, plant life, and secondhand computer components. Though the final version of the project will depend on the interests of the participants, key components of sculpture include:

  • A monumental (at least 8-foot high) semi-transparent case that will house the computers and the plant life. This case will be created in part using traditional woodcarving.
  • An ecosystem of plants interacting with a hardware platform.
  • A multiplayer, networked game that runs on the hardware platform.

The first version was built in at the Aesthetics Technology Lab in Athens, Ohio, and was nominated for the Ars Electronica Hybrid Art Prix in 2008. The creator of the Biomodd projects, Angelo Vermeulen, is collaborating with communities from the Singapore, Brazil, and the Philippines to create new versions of this sculpture in each of those countries.

Who can be part of the Team?

Anyone. We not only need artists and programmers; we need people from different backgrounds. No previous training or experience is required.

So if you, the organization you work with, or anyone else you know has even a mild interest in ecology, computer games, installation art, plants, community, technology, traditional art practices, thinking/writing critically about modernity and technology, or anything related to these ideas in general... you probably have something important to contribute to Biomodd [LBA2].

How do I/my organization/my community benefit from this project?

The Biomodd project is becoming a big deal internationally, and we'd love to have you be part of it. You can even use the opportunity to launch your own projects. Aside from being properly credited and honored as a collaborator in the Biomodd project, you can (and we would strongly encourage you to) use Biomodd to explore ideas and create work that you're interested. For example, filmmaker Morgan Riles produced a feature documentary on the Athens version of Biomodd as her thesis project which helped her launch as a film editor in New York. Another collaborator, Jeff Lovett, received an invitation to set up his own solo show. 

Whether you're interested in art, ecology, technology, or community development, we hope that the Biomodd project creates symbiotic relationships, where everyone benefits from the project in a significant way! 

NEW: Biomodd, in partnership with UP Open University, is offering a summer short course in Biomodd in particular and new media art practice in general, as a way to provide institutional recognition to your contributions to the project. Learn more about the Biomodd course.

How can I be part of the team? What do I put in?

During the Development phase, we might spend some time sitting around and talking. From our discussions we might come up with ideas that we can use for the installation. Other times we will actually be building the installation: building parts, programming software, growing plants. During the Exhibition phase, we'll be transporting, reconstructing, and performing maintenance on the sculpture.

A quick and incomplete summary of activities you can help with:
  • Install open source software on the computers
  • Document the process and the project through video/photo/text
  • Build the massive sculpural frame the computer components and plants are going to be housed 
  • Build a sensor array
  • Design the plant ecosystem
  • Design the multiplayer computer game
  • Write about the project from critical/theoretical perspectives
  • Help fundraise for the project through in-kind or cash contributions, or by joining Nex's fundraising team
  • Setting up and maintaining a Biomodd Team blog
  • Provide networking technical support
  • Cook for the team
  • Improve the Biomodd website
  • Anything else you think can help with the project
  • Create auxiliary art installations that link up to the main sculpture
  • Transport the sculpture between the Biomodd House laboratory and the exhibition venue

How much time do I need to devote to the project?

Only as much time as you have and are willing to contribute. You can use the calendar below to guide you with the general timetable of activities. As we hear back from more participants, we'll will be able to come up with better and better ideas for exact dates.

Development Phase (Los Baños):
February 14, 2009 - March 20, 2009
April 2, 2009 - May 31, 2009

July 1, 2009 - July 31, 2009

Exhibition Phase (Los Baños):
August 1, 2009 - August 31, 2009

Exhibition Phase (Manila):
September 15, 2009 - October 15, 2009

I'm in. What's next?

  1. Request to be added to the Biomodd[LBA2] email list. Tell us a little about yourself and your interests when you do.
  2. Learn how to join us in Los Baños.
  3. Learn when in the week to join us.
  4. Decide whether you also want to take the short course in New Media Arts Practice.

It's very interesting, but I still have questions. Who can I ask?

Email biomoddlba2@gmail.com. Or browse through this site and the links we've provided. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!