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Turbulence: an interactive museum of unnatural history

Jon McCormack

Turbulence is a menagerie of synthesised forms, evolved within the computer using a process of artificial selection. A video laserdisc contains over 30 minutes of computer generated animation. Animated sequences on the disc are accessed via a touch-screen interface. The interactive is a collection of poems, ideas, information and imagery relating to the philosophical impact of evolution on contemporary thought.

The work took over three years to produce; the production process included authoring of a large body of special purpose software to evolve the artificial life forms contained on the disc. Turbulence was produced in association with the Australian Film Commission.

Solitary Hydroid from Turbulence, – via Vimeo