Daniel Kok (Singapore), Luke George (Melbourne), Nicholas Tee (Singapore); Hundreds + Thousands was originally commissioned by National Gallery Singapore for Performing Spaces 2021
Launched in conjunction with Liveworks 2021 Festival of Experimental Art in Sydney, the VIRTUAL NURSERY [https://hundredsandthousands.online/] is an online exhibition of digital artefacts co-created by plant-lovers and their plants from across the world including Sydney, Perth, Hong Kong and more, after an online engagement process over September and October 2021. Created through the Hundreds + Thousands (Multi-City): Germination workshops, the Virtual Nursery presents what happens when hundreds of humans and plants come together to commune and collaborate.
There was an incredible amount of highly interesting digital artefacts contributed by the participants and artists which came in across the duration of the workshops. This also meant that we had to figure out a creative framework which allowed the platform to successfully grow, or germinate in order to accommodate any type of evolving data, content or topic. In essence, what we were trying to create is a data visualization system that helped to communicate stories through these artefacts. We were overjoyed when we managed to craft a new and innovative, progressive data-driven visual language that represented the subject matters in a fantastical nature and city mishmash metaverse of sorts.
A big design focus was on capturing the beauty that plants brought to people. In our minds, this relationship was embodied by a fantasy zen-like garden that awakes upon interaction; equal parts psychedelic and calm. We were also heavily influenced by nodes of systemic transitions between natural and man-made states of the environment (for example the shape of alien looking plants contrasted against a pile of man-made trash). Hence as one navigates the site, you will discover many such emblematic imagery scattered throughout, sometimes as Easter eggs too.
The website launched to a massive response during the Liveworks 2021 Festival of Experimental Art. It has since been featured on Communication Arts: Webpicks and nominated on Awwwards.