Saoirse Higgins

‘Doom Run-video’, Video, 2011.

AI evacuation simulation software from BioGraphicTechnologies, Montreal. Individual behaviours are adjusted to predict evacuation from various emergency situations. This piece explores the phenomenon of computer simulations predicting the escape movement or egress of the population in a mass-panic emergency situation. It also predicts the consequences of the movement - whether people live or die. Teams of experts are attempting to predict the movement trajectories of the population in current ‘typical’ emergency situations. In some ways the software is used as a reassuring influence on the architects and designers who build future complex systems.

'Egress - Programmed AI animation software rendering', Video projection.2012.

AI evacuation simulation software animation from BioGraphicTech, Montreal. Individual behaviours are adjusted to predict evacuation from various emergency situations.

Bio:Saoirse Higgins is an artist from Dublin, living in Manchester. Saoirse is obsessed with natural and man-made power and control and when things do not always go to plan. She is interested in revealing some of the connections between our visions of the world we live in, our expectations for the future and the technology we use to help us with this. She explores the contested spaces of public-private, man-machine, man-nature. Her work is process-driven and has a scientifically influenced, playful approach. Saoirse has featured as an Irish representative at the Thessaloniki 2nd Biennale. She has also shown her work at festivals and galleries such as Montreal Film and New media festival, Transmediale, Siggraph, Exit Art and Location One gallery, New York. She has held residences at e-Mobilart Lab, Disonancias in Spain, Location1 gallery in New York and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She is also a member of the international artist group The Grafting Parlour.

www.portraitofspace.wordpress.com/participants/saoirse-higgins

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