MoMa Unveils a New Mindscape

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The Software That Roared:
Philip Worthington's "Shadow Monsters" uses multiple software elements—Java, Processing, BlobDetection, SoNIA and Physics—to turn silhouettes into roaring, toothy creatures. Worthington's custom designed image-recognition software, along with a camera, projector and light box, brings the characters to life, enthralling the observer who takes on the character of a burping, roaring terror when in front of the screen.

You Will Be a Monkey's Uncle:
Ben Fry's 2005 work "Humans vs. Chimps" uses Processing software to remind us again how closely related we are to the other apes in our genomic construction, which was revealed to be 98.77 shared. Fry's visualization depicts the FOXP2 gene, linked to language, earmarking nine letters, the tiny red-dotted parts, where humans and chimps differ.

Virtual Cityscapes:
Imaginary Forces' Peter Frankfurt, architectural designer Greg Lynn and film production designer Alex McDowell collaborated on "New City," a commission bringing museumgoers into a semi-dome as images of the trio's new city speed past. Part Second Life, part Blade Runner, the space is intended as a setting for an architecturally crafted virtual world.

I Want You To Want Me:
One of the museum's commissions, Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar's exhibit, wraps online dating into the most attractive, functional package it'll ever be in.

Vase Made By Bees:
Slovak Tomáš Gabzdil Libertíny enlisted winged assistants for the "With a Little Help of the Bees," constructing a scaffold in the shape of a vase and allowing the bees to do their work, which took about a week.

Elastic Minds Online:
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