Jonathan Zawada
Goldfish

Jonathan’s collaboration with Kim Laughton Goldfish was an installation presented at the 2015 Tomorrow’s Party art and music festival in Beijing. The piece imagined a much hyped AI system that had been abandoned and left to its own devices. Buried beneath the desert, its water cooling system had become overrun with goldfish and the AI had begun imagining a world above filled with the fish.

The installation consisted of large LED wall showing a realtime game environment populated with giant schools of fish, their movements determined by the movements of real goldfish in the real gallery space.

The physical installation consisted of the bank of computers running the simulation suspended over a pond of water containing 200 goldfish. Lighting, fans and multiple other displays present more dynamic visualisations revealing how the system was perceiving the world around it.