LightWeeds and our Virtual Self.


Lightweeds is a project by Simon Heijdens that was exhibited last year at the MoMA - part of the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition.

Think of virtual organisms (plants, weeds, trees) that existed as a light-projection on the walls of the MoMA building. Their behaviour (growth, movement, pollentation or plant generation) was influenced by actual circumstances, like weather and human movement outside, measured by sensors.

How real is this?

Now think of your online avatar. Research suggests that your online avatar can influence your personality. Let me repeat that: if your online avatar is more successful than you, then you feel better about yourself and you carry some of the qualities of the avatar in your “real” of line life.

As our digital and real worlds are blending in, our behavior and inspiration will change. We may live in an environment that adjusts to movements in a virtual world. Or we may adjust our personality to align with our online persona.

How do you explain that? Maybe you don’t, but you just welcome it and use it.