1: ct64453_p.jpg: ADAM AND EVE COLUMN 1600 - 1620: Museum no. W.25-1959
2: ct70847_p.jpg: COVERED BOWL Hallmarked for 1899 - 1900: Museum no. Circ.77-1953
3: ct23506_p.jpg: NEEDLECASE WITH SCISSORS 1660 - 1690: Museum no. T.424-1988
4: ct58925_p.jpg: DECANTER 1865: Museum no. Circ.857-1956
5: ct72468_p.jpg: STEREOSCOPE 1901: Museum no. E.27-2000

These object were selected from the British Galleries 1500-1900 online database for inclusion in the 'Artefact' Project. 'Artefact' uses a generative rule based system to select and breed objects from within the V&A collection. Phase one of the Artefact object requirements draws on: A: Oldest Object - Newest Object / B: Smallest Object - Biggest Object / C: Most valuable Object [for insurance purposes] - ...

The oldest & most recent selections were made from the online database 'Object Type' category as follows: Architecture fittings (woodwork) / Silver & other Metals / Textiles & furnishings (household objects) / Ceramics & glass (flasks bottle & jugs) / Miscellaneous (tools & equipment).

The selected objects were emailed from the V&A online database for 3D modelling and inclusion in the 'Artefact' 3D engine. Serendipity dictated that all the images were corrupted in transmission and arrived in a dismembered state. Each image had become fused with other emailed images and the computers graphical interface. The 'genetic' information derived from these selected images can be seen mutating within the 'Artefact' Project.

Each of these objects is modelled and incorporated into the Artefact generative system. As online users interact with the objects generated by the Artefact system the 'genetic' information is transmitted to the Artefact located in Gallery 70 at the V&A.

The following images were generated as part of the Artefact development process.