tiagotiago/tardigotchi aboutabout

2009

This portable brass sphere features two pets: a living organism and an alife avatar. The microorganism, a Tardigrade, measures half a millimeter in length and lives on a glass slide inside the enclosure. Meanwhile, an avatar caricature of this creature performs on the digital display, interacting with the user.

Tardigotchi references the popular Tamagotchi toys from the 1990’s, that interestingly encouraged pet-owner behaviour through just a few simple exchanges. How do these interactions engender emotional attachment? Can feelings of affection blossom from the ritual of assisting the persistence of a pattern? Does biological life make a difference?

A joint project with Matt Kenyon and Doug Easterly. Documentation is by Bureau.

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