Root

Feed /root a specific project and it will reveal its bloodline. Parents and children then battle for ascendancy in a zero player game.

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Co-commissioned by Barbican and The Space

Over 100 projects are included in /root, with over 600 connections linking them, along with the people, institutions and techniques involved. The projects are:

    The computer was born as a calculating machine. Somewhere along the way, bit by bit, it left mathematics behind, mutating into a creative colossus of unlimited potential. /root investigates this evolution, identifying the people, projects and places that first glimpsed this creative future .

    GAME GRID

    Explore the game grid and discover more about the digital projects that have shaped modern culture. Each square represents a pioneering digital project. Roll over a square to reveal the name and short description, click to learn more. Click to unearth the projects bloodline or close the long description to go back to the game grid.

    BATTLE ZONE

    The battle screen pits all projects in the lineage of the chosen project against each other. Computer Art versus Computer Generated Image, Video Game versus Website. After several round of fights, the dominant project emerges.

    BLOODLINE

    The projects bloodline is revealed, identifying the nature of its conception, the strongest of the litter and those it has gone on to propagate. Click the hexagon to hear the computers tell its own story, free from human bias.

    /root is a degenerative algorithm that unearths the creative projects, people and places that have made the greatest contribution to digital culture. Feed /root a specific project and it will reveal its bloodline. Parents and children then battle for ascendancy in a zero player game.

    Created by the B-Team, made of the duo Jim Boulton and Craig Blagg

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    14 projects, 48 connections, 22 people, 1 winner. What's the story?