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Petting Zoo (1997)

Interactive remote experience installation deployed at the Jackson Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for the International Symposium on Electronic Art 1997 (ISEA 1997).

Created by Peter Coppin, Alexi Morrissey, Michael Parris, and Martin C. Martin, under the group alias "Centre for Metahuman Exploration". Photos by Rob Long.

Description
Gallery attendees heard the sound of a ringing telephone coming from the interior of a "hi-tech" aluminum isolation "phone booth".

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Participants entered the booth and answered the ringing telephone. A TV monitor in the booth was activated, showed a robotically encased human arm (a cyborg) and a living, breathing, rabbit on an idyllic field of grass, under a luscious blue sky.

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By pushing buttons on the telephone, participants were able to move the joints of the human arm in order to direct the arm to the rabbit. Using this technique, they could successfully pet the bunny rabbit. By speaking into the phone, they could speak to the rabbit.

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A miniature TV studio in a hidden room broadcast Petting Zoo's signals to the gallery booth. The rabbit and cyborg were both housed in this TV studio.

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Credits:
Created by Peter Coppin, Alexi Morrissey, Martin C. Martin, and Michael Parris.

Photography by Rob Long.


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