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Fungus Interactive
2001, Interactive kinetic art
Fungus Interactive is a kinetic interactive artefact that symbolizes the five movements (Fire, Metal, Water, Earth and Tree), which are fundamentail elements in asian philosophy. The artificial lifeform reacts to the mouse cursor and the bouncing ball based on the below rules:
1) symbiosis & parasitism: Growth of Fungus corresponds to the characteristics of Tree element - the interplay of symbiosis and parasitism. The main stage of the movie and a mouse cursor touching Fungus work as 'symbiosis' factor, while the black circle moving around means 'parasitism' that hinders the growth.
2) spiral movement of growth : In the philosophy, growth of the lifeform can be described as 'spiral movement' which caused by interaction between 'symbiosis' and 'parasitism'. Fungus expresses it with its own behavior.
3) self duplication and succession of property: Same as the most life forms, Fungus duplicates itself and leave one's property to its children.
* Click the center circle to plant a Fungus.
* Touch heads of a Fungus with mouse cursor to make it grow.