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material: 4 breeding units with displays, 5 prints on canvas 600 x 300 cm.
technique: permanent installation, interactive software
location: Research Labs, Medical Center Leiden University
commissioners: LUMC Leiden and SKOR Amsterdam
For the new Research Labs of the LUMC in Leiden, Driessens & Verstappen developed an interactive 'image breeding machine'. Via the computer program E-volver, the viewer can influence the visual patterns that can be seen in various places in the building. Based on preferences indicated by the user, an artificial evolutionary process of variation and selection takes place. Driessens & Verstappen thus leave behind a system that is alive, that is constantly changing and that can be influenced from outside.
The artwork scratches the surface of the actual research that takes place in the LUMC and even corresponds to it. Whereas the scientists are mainly concerned with the biochemistry, genetics and evolution of biological life, the artists focus on the possibilities that the underlying mechanisms of these processes can offer art, by implementing them as a purely visual and image-generating system. In doing so, E-volver reflects the complexity of the biochemical universe and the human desire for knowledge and understanding. Self-organizing processes such as growth and evolution - which may be understood theoretically, but are never directly observable in daily life - are made perceptable on a sensory level. At the same time, it provides great aesthetic pleasure.
You could consider the image-breeding machine as a metaphor for different ways of looking and thinking. It has thus become a wonderful example of a work of art where the interface between visual art and science is optimally depicted.
text: Wilfried Lentz, director SKOR 2006