Digital Arts and New Media: MFA: Collaboration, Innovation, Social Impact

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Ian Costello: Propagate

Ian Costello "Propagate"

Digital games typically portray natural environments as static backdrops, limiting their ability to engage with a changing climate. Propagate is a plugin for simulating plant growth and forest dynamics in Unreal Engine, and an ecologically-oriented approach to game design. By building tools in collaboration with ecologists and climate researchers, the intent of the project is to usher in new forms of interactive media that explore environmentally-centered narratives.

From the 2023 DANM MFA Exhibition "Heap is Full".