The installation explores the idea that our virtual identity is constantly under threat of attack by a swarm of ‘bugs’ trying to feed off the fabric of our virtual being. Again the installation is a hyper-painting a mirror that reflects the world of the gallery by transposes it onto a virtual plane, teaming with swarms of parasites. If the viewers are oblivious to their relationship with the world around them, a metaphor for their unguarded virtual identity, then the swarm of bugs will devour them. However, if they are aware of the threat then they are able to move, an arm or a foot for example and influence their environment – swatting away the threat of the insatiable swarm and protecting their identity. Only when we are aware of the threat to our digital identity can we take precautions to protect ourselves.
The exhibition, sponsored by McAfee, ran at the Science Museum in London from November 2005 – January 2006. It then began its tour of Europe, moving onto the USA in late 2006 and running into early 2007.