The Modular Body

The Modular Body is an online science fiction story by Floris Kaayk about the creation of OSCAR, a living organism built from human cells. Its inventor is Cornelis Vlasman, a versatile and innovative biologist. Together with a like-minded team of professionals, he starts an independent laboratory in which he experiments with organic materials.

The story of OSCAR is told through video fragments from various sources including media reports, lab videos, and vlogs. LUST developed the concept of a website that behaves like an organic being, with the videos being organized by clustering related ones closer together. Users are able to click through and create a snake-like body which is their journey through understanding the story of OSCAR.

The Modular Body premiered at an opening exhibition on April 13, 2016 at De Electriciteitsfabriek, an abandoned electrical generating facility turned art space in The Hague, NL.

The Modular Body won the Gouden Kalf award for Best Interactive Piece at the 2016 Dutch Film Festival.

Modular Body Home

The Modular Body Home

Modular Body Hover

Hovering Over Video Fragment

Modular Body Video Fragment

Viewing Video Fragment

Modular Body Trail

History Trail

Modular Body About


Modular Body Concept 1

Concept Development

Modular Body Concept 2

More Concept Development

Modular Body Opening

Setup at De Electriciteitsfabriek

Modular Body Space

De Electriciteitsfabriek Space

Modular Body Opening Full

Crowd View

Modular Body Opening View

Main Screen

Modular Body Opening Individual

Individual Screens

Modular Body Individual Detail

Individuals Viewing the Screens