Stephen Wilson   http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~swilson/
Protozoa Games Stills


Protozoa Games.  Reflecting on animal experimentation and the relationships between species, the 'Protozoa Games' interactive installations allow humans and live protozoa to compete in a pinball-like environment mediated by digital microscope and motion tracking technologies.  In Follow-Me humans score points by moving their bodies to match Protozoa movements. In Control-Me humans score points by  getting Protozoa to do their bidding by stategies of domination or  friendly appeal.   Ylem Show - Interfacing Ideas Show - Blue Room Gallery, San Francisco, 2003 ; Biodifferences Show, BEAP, Perth Australia, 2004



Reflecting on animal experimentation and the relationships between species,  Protozoa Games  allow humans and live protozoa to compete in a pinball-like environment mediated by digital microscope and motion tracking technologies




Playing the "Control me" event, visitors try to get the protozoa to move to a target area by yelling, singing, pleading, and begging into the voice tubes aimed at different areas of the protozoa culture dish.


Playing the "Follow Me" event, visitors earn pinball points by matching their movements to the movements of the protozoa.


Visitor plays "Follow Me" game in the installation at BEAP 2004