Media Artist and Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts
Screenshot of the installation
Web of Life
Interactive Installation, 2002

Web of Life is a distributed, networked installation that examines the notion of networks. With one permanent installation at the ZKM and several mobile satellites traveling around the world, Web of Life presents an immersive audio-vidsual experience consisting of images of netowrks, simulated network structures, and a growing database of stylized handlines. The networked installation-satellites communicate with each other in real-time. Using handlines as a metaphor for complex networks, the control interface for the installation is a scanner that reads the hand-lines of users and integrates them into a database. Submitted lines trigger similar patterns and enter in communication with those of other users.

Web of Life was realized at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) as a collaboration between Jeffrey Shaw, Michael Gleich, Bernd Lintermann, Torsten Belschner, Lawrence Wallen, Manfredd Wolff-Plottegg, Andreas Kratky