Creating Artificial Life With CellPhones.


Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Usman Haque, Karmen Franinovic


“CellPhone A-Life” was an artificial-life simulation that instructed audience members to activate their cellphone screens based on the status of the screens around them. For instance, audience members were told to turn on and off their screens based on the state (if it was on or off) of the person’s phone standing beside them (left, right, front, and back).


Situated Technologies, 10/21/06, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, NY, NY.

Video of the performance


The “CellPhone A-Life” project was an attempt to use mobile devices in a collaborative way rather than as a personal devices which is often polarizing and antisocial. Each audience member could take part in a collaborative performancethrough the use of their phone’s screens as a pixel in an a-life simulation.


Textually, “CellPhone A-Life“, 12/17/2006

Still of the performance: