About the CubeLife project

In 1998 (first exhibited 1999) artist Dave Everitt and interaction designer Greg Turner) created an artwork driven by a heartbeat monitor, called cubeLife. Following further interests, this is gradually evolving into a larger, more encompassing project, outlined by this website.

The current version of the CubeLife artwork is based in a virtual world populated by magic cubes (one kind of magic matrix in 3 dimensions), each created by participants' input; either online or in the exhibition space via a heartbeat sensor. Each cube has a finite life and associated sound, and inhabits an artificial life environment where it can be made to flock with other cubes or follow various defined behaviours. Colours and other variations can either be chosen by an inbuilt colour harmony system, or pre-programmed for particular effects. Download a PDF of the cubeLife gallery information sheet.

CubeLife 1 (image, top left) began in 1998, and was first exhibited at bioMatrix in September 1999 at the Loughborough School of Art gallery, with support from the former Gallery of the Future.

CubeLife 2 (images, top right) is an interactive, exhibitable installation and internet-resident artwork. Exhibitions/performances:

Galleries of stills from cubeLife.

CubeLife has developed in three ways, as:

  1. an interactive or performance visual and sonic artwork;
  2. a cultural investigation into integer patterns;
  3. a range of investigative tools.

There is no hierarchical structure to this site apart from the menu. Text links burrow into deeper information.