NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM OF GRANOLLERS
14 OCTOBER – 28 NOVEMBER 2021
Predictive models use data and patterns. Julie Freeman uses this information to speculate about the future and, at the same time, question the use we make of both data and technology to translate nature and to interact.
The RAT.systems project started in 2016 in collaboration with biologist Dr. Chris Faulkes. Real-time monitoring of the naked mole-rat colony allows a better understanding of the behavior of this species and provides data. It offers images, sounds, animations and kinetic sculptures. It shows the location of each mole in its burrow and the movements it makes, its social life. Each animal has a passive integrated microchip, implanted under the skin. Sensors around the nest detect them passing through, and data, as speed or interaction, can be calculated and live animations created.
Rat.systems is a project of the Queen Mary University of London and Arts Council England.