Holodeck for House Crickets

"Holodeck for House Crickets" (2005) by Amy Youngs is a virtual environment for crickets.

Holodeck for House Crickets

Holodeck for House Crickets

If they could choose, where would domesticated crickets choose to be? Living outdoors in the midwest winters is not a a survivable option for Acheta domesticus (house crickets), but perhaps they still yearn for the pastoral grasslands and woodlands experienced by their wild relatives. Actual nature would be a bit harsh for these crickets, who are raised in climate-controlled tanks as food for reptiles, so I have constructed a safe bubble for them. This enclosure provides an artificial landscape and provides a simulation of motion through it. Through the use of a computer interface, the crickets are able to "interact" with their projected environment by chirping. Each chirp advances the panoramic, cricket-eye-view video footage of outdoor scenery.

Live crickets, glass, sand, microphone, video projection and computer running a custom MaxMSP/Jitter patch.

http://hypernatural.com/holodeck.html

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