Liam Birtles, Senior Lecturer on FdA / BA Digital Media Production at the Arts University has just returned from the Sundance Film Festival where his interactive art installation ?Glowing Pathfinder Bugs? was shown as part of ?New Frontiers? 2011.
Created as part of Squidsoup, a group of collaborators including Liam, Anthony Rowe, Gaz Bushell and Chris Bennewith, ?Glowing Pathfinder Bugs? uses projection to visualise virtual bugs in a real sandpit. The bugs are aware of their surroundings and respond to its form in their vicinity. Viewers can pick bugs up, dig holes and create mounds that the bugs respond to. The piece was originally commissioned by Folly Gallery for Portable Pixel Playground.
Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Film Festival commented “The reason why I think ?New Frontiers? is important is because it represents a glimpse of the future…art and technology comes together in an imaginative and creative way. I just think it?s wonderful.”
Jeffrey Baggot, Dean of the Faculty of Media and Performance at the Arts University commented “The faculty is extremely proud of Liam?s achievement; the quality of this work and its inclusion in this high-profile arena makes a significant contribution to our academic profile nationally and internationally.”