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Funky Forest

by Seth Brau in Culture on 07 December 2007

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Funky Forest is a digital interactive ecosystem created by visual and motion graphics designer Emily Gobeille and interactive artist and designer Theodore Watson. Created for the Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam, the installation is a simulated experience where visitors manage the resources to influence the environment around you.

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By diverting streams of water flowing on the floor different parts of the forest grow. If a tree doesn't get enough water it withers away, but standing against a wall and pressing your body into the forest creates new trees based on your shape and character. As you explore and play, you discover that your environment is inhabited by sonic life forms who depend on a thriving ecosystem to survive. The installation is beautifully illustrated and colorful with an array of lifelike sounds, making it a truly fun and imaginative experience.

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