Computer artist William Latham has created Mutator VR, an experiential artwork that invites visitors to “mutate” the piece themselves using a headset and controllers.
The imagery is a fusion of hallucinatory CG and natural structures, which can VR users can interact with, conduct and change visually in real time with accompanying sounds.
The exhibit uses original software modelled on the processes of evolution, created by William together with mathematicians and software developers Stephen Todd and Lance Putnam. William studied at Oxford University and the RCA where he began developing computer-based art in the 80s. He started working with Stephen in the 90s, researching the potential for computer algorithms to “generate organic imagery and evolve that imagery with the guidance of the viewer”.
It was developed at Goldsmiths, University of London; The Digital Creativity Labs and The Christchurch Studio, Winchester.
Mutator VR is on show at East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts from 15 November 2016 – 14 January 2017.