Creaturae Aquae

– is a real – world interactive installation inspired by the quirky collections of the Victorians.

Originally created to compliment 12 Moves and inspired by XVIII Century Collectors who would entertain themselves by trapping, pinning, pressing and stuffing the creatures around them. Sometimes they would create new creatures, patched together from the parts of numerous animals. These collections would be brought together and proudly displayed in Cabinets of Curiosity.

We have recreated these cabinets and replaced the stuffed animals with fantastic digital creatures. The Creaturae Aquae are extraordinary imaginary creatures living by water fonts, lakes and rivers, all different from each other. They are trapped in a Victorian cabinet you have the chance of ending their imprisonment.

There are six Creaturae Aquae:

Flumine Nympha (Deep River Nymph)
Creatura Aquae Vivae (Spring Water Creature)
Sanguine Tincta Creatura Aquae (Blood Tinged Water Creature)
Spectro Aqua Somniculosus (Sleepy Water Spright)
Nympha Aquam Vertex (Strong Current Water Nymph)
Spectro Sub Aqua (Under Water Spright )

Each installation consists of a digital projection of one of the creatures contained within a Victorian style cabinet. The audience, mapped by a hidden camera, can interact with the creature and have the chance of ending its imprisonment. When released the creature will express its gratitude by performing an amusing dance.

The cabinets and creatures are available for indoor and window display, we are also happy to take commissions to deliver bespoke cabinets, please contact us if you would like to know more.

Creaturae Aquae makes use of augmented reality (AR), and has been developed using open source software and Kinect hacks developed in collaboration with Evan Raskob.

The installation was commissioned by Dancefest in 2011.