AfterBirthSpectacular [version 2.0] 2015

Upon request AfterBirthSpectacular was redeveloped in 2015. AfterBirthSpectacular 2.0 is built in Processing [java] for flexibility and can be exported for a wide range of platforms and displays. Download desktop executables here: [mac] [windows]

AfterBirthSpectacular [version 1.0] 2007++;

AfterBirthSpectacular 1.0 is net art (html/flash) and is intended to be viewed through a web browser. It is currently stored as a zip file. Download the project bundle here: [version 1.0].

To view and interact with AfterBirth 1.0, Unzip the file then drag the "index.html" file into a web browser window or open the "index.html" file from your web browser menu. You may be prompted to install or update flash player.

If you have questions, please contact: Jessica Westbrook,

/ this [version 1.0] project was supported with a Terminal Net Art Commission / seen here:

/ this project is the first net art project to be purchased by The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Inc.® at Indiana University. /


Building on the conceptual foundations brought forth through the works of psychologist Jacques-Marie-Émile Lacan and artist/writer Mary Kelly this project considers the current state of birth (distribution and reception) in its captured and deliverable form and the shifting sensitivities and expectations indicated through an abundance of vernacular media/dialogue published online. This project considers questions regarding: transparency, power, sexuality, demystification, media induced [false] memory, attraction/repulsion, game inclinations, biological/virtual experiences, empathy, and our relationships with the “natural” world.

AfterBirth Spectacular is networked based art because it invites users to participate in a birthing process through interactive video accessible on the web. The intention is a visceral, interactive experience with a real, and intensely personal moment. A user can give birth too, interactively, forwards and backwards, using a scrubbing gesture.

1 : A YouTube keyword search for “live birth,” “birth,” “home birth” turns up thousands of relevant results. Women frequently publish themselves in the throws of labor on the internet for their friends, neighbors, and the whole world to see, share and comment on.

2 : I dont remember being born, but my son (b.2000) does. He saw it on video. Now he “remembers.” Is all this broadcasting changing the definition of memory?
original AfterBirth statement [2007]