Manifesting internal biorythms as external wild growth reforestation, Biomer Skelters (“biome” + “helter-skelter“) is a crowd sourced urban artwork that transforms participants into virtual biome propagators.
This video shows Biomer Skelters at its premiere in FACT Liverpool's 10th anniversary exhibit "Turning FACT Inside Out." Participants were outfitted with a mobile heart rate monitor system to become Biomer Skelters propagators. As they walk the streets of Liverpool and enter a relaxed mind-body state, the generative biosensing system reads their heart rate and automatically generates and plants augmented reality (AR) vegetation in their wake. Which kind of vegetation will they spread, native Merseyside reforestation, or potentially invasive exotic species representing accelerated global warming biome change? As participants in a collective artwork, Biomer Skelters propagators will determine the canvas of the city and which form of vegetation dominates.
Many thanks to Joe Costin (camera) and Adam Bell (edit)!