interactive Installation / web game / live video, 2020
Infection Invader is composed of sculptural installations in physical space and an online game. Infectious diseases are like a microscope, rendered visible the microscopic connection between human beings, at the same time makes people reflect on their coexistence with other organisms. Scientific research has shown that viruses have been evolving since the era of universal common ancestor. . In the future, the virus will continue to be inextricably intertwined with the trajectory of human lives. Humans and viruses are destined to coexist.
Today, surgical masks became indispensable for our lives. In our daily endeavours to prevent the spread of disease through respiratory transmission, we have sacrificed the comfort of breathing freely in public space. Every ounce of oxygen is connected by the survival needs of different species, and the breath of individuals weaves an intimate network between ecological groups. The exhibition Infection Invader uses breath as a medium to connect the human and virus communities. The purpose of the show is to encourage discussion on the mutual restrained and reliant relationship between human and virus.
In response to this connection, we created an interactive installation which combines online and on-site devices to help visualise the infectious relationship between people. Audiences are encouraged to play the ‘Infectious Disease Training Course’ game online and observe how the sculptures in the gallery collect and reflect their performance in the game.
Virology is never just a personal issue; it affects the community structure and ecosystem. From the biological community point of view, it is difficult for us to overcome infectious disease alone. Through an immersive experience, Infections Invader encourages the public to experience the subtle tie between community and ecosystem and to imagine how we will coexist with infectious disease in the future. Part of the exhibition is dedicated to notes, photographs and mini sculptures documenting the scientific research and production stages of the artwork.