Web of Life
Network installation

with Michael Gleich, Lawrence Wallen, Bernd Lintermann and Torsten Belschner


The audio-visual environment “Web of Life” is formed by an immersive conjunction of projected three-dimensional computer graphic and video images, together with a fully spatialized acoustic experience and a specially conceived architectural surrounding. The visitor interactively influences the performance of the audio-visual environment by imparting to it the unique patterns of his individual hand lines, thus giving symbolic and experiential expression to the action of connecting oneself to an emergent network of relations.

The interactive installation is configured as a distributed network of installations – one large-scale environment situated permanently at the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, and four others designed to travel to various locations. User interaction at any location communicates with and affects the audio-visual behaviour of all the installations. The network of distributed installations allows people to jointly influence a shared audio-visual occurrence, and by scanning their palm lines they contribute an attribute of their identities to the changing identity of the artistically constituted formations. The richness of these formations signal the deeper implications of this enterprise, which expresses a condition outside the boundaries of subjectivity and objectivity, and beyond the binaries material/immaterial, art/information, people/machines, observer/participant, and natural/artificial.


General concept: Jeffrey Shaw, Michael Gleich
Projected imagery concept: Bernd Lintermann
Projected video concept: Lawrence Wallen
Audio concept and sound design: Torsten Belschner
ZKM installation architecture concept and design: Manfred Wolff-Plottegg and Arne Böhm
User interface concept and design: Michael Gleich, Jeffrey Shaw, Bernd Lintermann
Produced at the ZKM Institute for Visual Media


mind(21)house, University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovakia
Center of Advanced European Studies And Research, Bonn, Germany
DEAF Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
ICC Inter Communication Center, Tokyo, Japan

ISEA 2002 International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Nagoya, Japan
"Emocao art.ficial", Itau cultural, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Multimedia Art Asia Pacific Festival, Art Museum of China Millenium Monument, Beijing, China
World Summit for Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, South Africa
“Earth 2.0”, Stuttgart, Germany Aventis S.A., Strassburg, France
“NewMediaCultureWeek”, Multimedia Institute Zagreb, Croatia
„Das Netz. Sinn und Sinnlichkeit vernetzter Systeme“, Museum of Communication, Frankfurt, Germany
ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany

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