Emergent Behavior

Emergence is concerned with the rise and creation of larger entities from the interactions and formations amongst smaller entity. As humans, we have near infinite control over our world, yet often overlook the small interactions we have with our environments and their outcomes. Emergent Behavior explores the minutiae of bacterial activity and the influence we have over such systems in an auditory and visual experience.

This installation was developed as the final project for MUS314: Computer and Electronic Music taught by Jeff Snyder in collaboration with Julia Wang. The software makes use of Max/MSP to recognize and output OSC messages from a Kinect, as well as ChucK to generate ambient noise, combined with a website that rendered bacteria in real time.

Walk Through and Demonstration

Third Person Demonstration


Screen During Installation


Screenshot of Website Rendering Bacteria




Room for Installation