|The Amazon virus deactivates pixels
on your computer screen at a rate proportional to the Amazon forest’s depletion.
This way, the Amazon’s artificial death has a more immediate personal impact.
The Amazon virus updates automatically by connecting to an Internet server
that stores deforestation statistics obtained by the Landsat 7 satellite.
The virus is structured on a mathematical model based on fractal geometry
that emulates the rainforest’s systematic felling. Using a random generation
parameter, the virus reproduces a different image on each computer. The
Amazon virus a worm-type virus that spreads through email, spreads exponentially
and can infect up to 18 million users in 24 hours.
Documentary video on the Amazon virus exhibited at Forum 2004, Barcelona (Spain).
Incentive for Iberoamerican Productions. Art & Artificial Life International Competition, Vida 5.0. Telefónica Foundation. 2002.