2016 | United Kingdom | Animation,Documentary

Immunecraft

  • English 3 mins
  • Director | Eric Schockmel, Megan MacLeod

Adopting the form of a video game trailer, Immunecraft presents a fictional game which gives users agency over a real life cell culture to compete against opponent players. It explores the parallels between popular gameplay mechanics and some of the most important principles of the human immune system, including cellular memory and autoimmunity.

It understands itself as a piece of speculative design futures, commenting on the principles of multiplayer online gaming in the age of DNA building blocks, printable organic electronics and biohacking, thus raising questions about bioethics.

Eric Schockmel & Dr Megan MacLeod, University of Glasgow

video game immunology genetics simulation cell virus medicine culture memory apoptosis DNA
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