Mutopia: Visualizing the Unseen

Generative Design
Transmedia Installation

Mutopia stands for mutant + topia. As part of the thesis project, Mutopia is an immersive experience that allows viewers to walk through an imaginary world populated by interspecies hybrids created with machine learning, using over 5000 images. Inspired by the theory of posthumanism and speculative design, it's considered a way to speculate the future and critique normative humanness.

Mutopia: visualizing the unseen

Due to the depth of these theories in this project, the exhibition was considered as a great way to break down these complex ideas and make them more approachable.

User Scenario

The installation has four states, showcasing the identity system,  the developing process, and the imaginary world. Viewers can walk around the sculpture to experience the whole process.

Machine Learning Study

A series of machine learning experiments working with different materials, a better understanding was developed. The final design direction focused on using machine learning to visualize the unknown common ancestor of two species, for example, mushrooms and butterflies.

Special Thanks to Instructors: Brad Bartlett and Miles Mazzie