Coexistence with the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Myungin Lee, Sabina Hyoju Ahn, Yoojin Oh
Media Arts and Technology
AlloSphere Research Group


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 their 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 coronaviruses and demonstrates how we might control our coexistence in virtual space. This project premiered at the Ars Electronica Festival 2022 in Linz, Austria, and the full experience is available in the AlloSphere facility at CNSI.


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Demonstration video

Installation footage in Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria

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