Gabrielle Hoad

the predecessor to your prayer | 2020 | still from 1m 27s of digital video

An online video piece, made during the Covid-19 lockdown, which draws heavily on Conway's Game of Life. This is played with a 2D grid of square cells; every cell interacts with its neighbours according to a simple set of rules. Applied repeatedly over time, these interactions give rise to complexity. Such cellular automata were integral to the development of chaos theory, and are used today in simulating the spread of infectious diseases.

the predecessor to your prayer was made for Forced Collaboration, which brokers cross-disciplinary interactions between artists around the world and shares the results online. The collaborator (who set the instructions) was Haddas Eshel.