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Human-Tree-Machine

Chat with the trees of Roskilde Festival

About

For the first time, in the history of Roskilde Festival it is possible to enter the judge tower of Roskilde’s agricultural show. Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology has gathered a strong multidisciplinary team of programmers, biologists and artists, who has collectively build an immersive, interactive installation in the judge tower.

Curated by Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology and Roskilde Festival. Human-Tree-Machine was a multidisciplinary and transspecies collaboration shown at Roskilde Festival 2017.

In the room, festival goers will meet a setting in which trees and machines have grown into each other. Lights and images are projected on a construction of hardware, bark, cables, lichens, mosses, LED-panels, and microorganisms. A human guest is invited to participate by writing and conversing with a tree nearby through a chat interface. The entire installation is modified in real-time according to impulses send by the tree via a bio-sensor-network.

Our role at Støj in this project was to build the chatbot and the visual chatbot interface as well as determine the logic for how the tree would change its conversation patterns based on sensor input. The chatbot was built using JavaScript and RiveScript.

My role

My role in this project involved ideation, prototyping, chatbot design and writing text for the chatbot.