We often take for granted how our bodies keep us healthy and whole, down to the cells. Tattoos, tans, piercings and other enhancements provide a meaningful form of self-expression, but what happens to the original skin? In parallel, plants are pruned, consumed, burned or almost completely destroyed, yet they thrive with the near-destruction. Individual cells are inconsequential to the entirety of the living thing, and as a result, we often forget the reciprocal relationship– except when a bad sunburn happens. Mutagen aims to give a glimpse into the microscopic world, giving the audience control to interact with the installation and to immerse themselves, to become small. 

Mutagen involves three major components. The first component is an interactive projection created in Touchdesigner; it can be changed using a simple Arduino controller and a flex sensor, additionally there is a camera to detect motion. The second, an ornate light sculpture was created using laser-cut frosted acrylic, semi-translucent holographic film, paper mache and wire to represent an abstraction of a mutated cell. And finally, many large inflatable structures to create a canvas for passive projections to fill the space with light and colour.

Julia Zolota


Julia primarily works with software like Blender and Touchdesigner, however she is also interested in delving into experimental techniques and fabrication. Julia merges technology with a variety of mediums to create immersive experiences that focus on themes of biology, nature and the human interaction with the environment. Embracing curiosity, Julia aims to provoke introspection through innovative simplicity, fostering a dialogue about our connection to the world around us.