Steve Berrick


Hello Future Self


Hello Future Self explores our increasingly augmented world by allowing participants to create an avatar that unites human and robotic senses. The experience seamlessly blends physical and digital interactions, resulting in a collaborative digital animation. Participants can prepare for human technology integration by deciding how to alter their avatar’s body. Which sense would you prioritise?

Inviting children to see their creations come to life, Hello Future Self is a participatory drawing project which transforms hand-drawn artworks into digital animations. Using a checkbox system embedded in each template – a nod to punch-card programming systems of the past – the work allows participants to customise their avatar’s features after its digital birth. Using simple, accessible scanning technology, young participants are encouraged to engage without assistance.

Playfully interactive and designed especially for children, Hello Future Self is nonetheless powered by complex 3D worlds and computer vision techniques.

An Experimenta and Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) Commission

custom software, custom ply scanning station, camera, pencils & paper, interactive projection

dimensions variable

Steve Berrick is an artist and creative coder. With a degree in Computer Science, his work focuses on software and technology. Berrick creates software-driven experiences for interactive systems and performances. His collaborative practice has been presented in galleries, theatres, museums and the street.

Berrick is an artist with the ololo art collective, Graffiti Research Lab Perth and pvi collective. Recent collaborative works included StickMan (2017, with Stelarc); Rewired/Remixed (2016, with Stelarc); The Automobile Lab, City of Stirling (2016, with Sam Price and Chris Nixon); Alter, 2016 Festival of Live Art, (with Tamara Saulwick and Peter Knight); The Naked Self, Arts House, Melbourne (2016, with Michele Lee and Tanya Dickson); deviator (2012, with pvi collective); and ReFace, 2009 Perth International Arts Festival (with ololo and WBMC).

Images by Steve Berrick and Cabe Berrick, courtesy of the artist © the artist .