Coexistence with the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Premiere at Ars Electronica Festival 2022

Linz, Austria
Sepember 7 - 11, 2022
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This project aims to transform the nano-scale of a striking biological phenomenon, the relationship between SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and human molecules, into an interactive audiovisual simulation. In this work, the interaction data between the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 and human cellular proteins is measured by Atomic Force Microscopy, which can touch and image a single molecule. We are creating an interactive audiovisual installation and performance from a set of interaction data. The audience is invited to an immersive space where they can control the biomolecules’ behavior so that they can intuitively recognize the biological characteristics. This project is not only a demonstration of scientific data but also tries to look at the interspecies relationship in parasitism. This project particularly deals with our current and future life with coronavirus and demonstrates how we might control our coexistence in virtual space.

Yoojin Oh (AT/KR), Sabina Hyoju Ahn (US/DE/KR), Myungin Lee (US/KR)


We acknowledge support from LIT-ARS-2022-005.
We appreciate data from H.Seferovic, R.Zhu, L.Hain (Institute of Biophysics, JKU), G.Kada(10-9), C.Rankl(RECENDT), and advice from J.Kuchera-Morin, A.Cabrera (UCSB), H.S.Lee(KR).