The Nature of History

Young girls stand on a platform looking upon two video installations.
Simon Robertshaw, The Nature of History, 1995

A ground-breaking video and computer installation on the theme of evolution by Simon Robertshaw

This electronic interactive video and computer installation on the theme of evolution by artist Simon Robertshaw with photographer Sinclair Stammers was one of the earliest contemporary art commissions to be shown at the Natural History Museum in London and was specifically commissioned for that venue.

Featuring a vivid array of video, photographic and computer-generated images, which together form the centrepiece of a constantly-changing interactive environment, The Nature of History compared current and historical thinking on genetics and biological evolution - from Darwinian theories of natural selection to the latest developments in the rapidly-expanding field of artificial life. The interactive programme was created in collaboration with Dr Duncan Gillies, Imperial College.

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The Nature of History was co-commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella and The Arts Catalyst.

Funded by Arts Council of England and the London Film & Video Development Agency, with generous sponsorship from AT&T