The alphabet is created using an iterative morphogenetic process involving a generative artificial neural network and a colony of light-responsive microalgae. The neural network generates a glyph which is projected on the petri dish. Attracted by light, the microorganisms move towards the shape, acting as a living photographic substrate. The image they form is captured and sent back to the neural network, which generates another image in response. By repeating these interactive exchanges between the neural network and the micro-algae colony, a hybrid computational-biological symbol slowly comes into being.
Visitors of this observatory witness an unusual communication process between biological and computational agencies, leading to the unfolding of a speculative language they are invited to interpret. On this metamorphic stage where human, non-human, biological, and computational entities intermingle, audiences are compelled to rethink established paradigms of language, imagination, perception, meaning, and sentience from a non-anthropocentric viewpoint. The piece suggests prospective forms of interactions between computational, carbon-based, and even xenobiological entities that could emerge in the future.