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Dispersion Images

from Ars Electronica 99

Images of Dispersion at its public debut where, under the guise of an art project, it operated, collecting data, and vended hundreds of personal bio-pathogen vials for over two weeks. Higher quality images can be obtained for most images by clicking on the thumbnail.

Left side with
Salmonella and Anthrax images
(also note warning label)



Right side with
Black Plague and Typhus images


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Front view with view of robotic bio-laboratory, touchscreen interface, fingerprint reader, and vending area (lower right)


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A happy couple customizing their pathogen


Sealed vial of personal bio-pathogen as dispensed to a customer by Dispersion


Release of pathogens as vial seal is later broken


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Open to all ages, a child registers his fingerprint into the database


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Later in the day the same child
uses his fingerprint to activate the
machine and completes his lethal purchase


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A common site, the public
gathering to make a viral selection


Close-up of personal bio-pathogen vial that Dispersion vends to each customer, each filled with powdered pathogens


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Choosing the "Mortality Rate" for her custom virus as other watch


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A satisfied customer with her vial of processed powdered pathogen


Pathogens are processed to a powdered form for optimal airborne dispersion


A close-up view of personal viral capsule after being vended and opened to disperse pathogen


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A user carefully choosing the
"Infection Rate" property
for his custom pathogen


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Overhead view of Dispersion
at entryway to O.K. Center

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Demand grows high as vials of
lethal powdered pathogens are distributed


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A user selects the desired "Dispersion Radius" for their pathogen

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More user interaction with Dispersion as a queue forms

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A user contemplates her choices
as a list of "Desired Symptoms"
is presented with images and video


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Interaction and Observation around Dispersion as a user considers his choices for "Vaccine Availability"


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Group selection and interaction

Close-up view of warning label on left side of Dispersion


Small portable personal pathogen vials make viral transport safe and easy for customers


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More lethal viral purchases

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A customer decides on the "Diagnosis Difficulty" property for his pathogen


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Using a slider the individual chooses the level of "Infection Rate" for the personal pathogen


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ORF documenting a purchase

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Using the fingerprint reader, a previously registered user initiates his transaction


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A customer chooses the
"Contagion Degree" of his custom pathogen

Also, images taken by Tanya Bezreh during her visit to Ars Electronica (with her text):

"Dispersion" by Eric Paulos: a vending machine for custom designed pathogens, here offering a slider to set the infection rate anywhere from 3 minutes to 2 years.

"Dispersion" by Eric Paulos: my own little vile of minimally contagious biological agent that makes the afflicted vomit blood before entering an (eventually) deadly coma.

Eric Paulos / admin@eiu.org