Living Light Interfaces: An Exploration of Bioluminescence Aesthetics

Bahareh Barati, Elvin Karana, Sylvia Pont, Tim van Dortmont

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This paper aims to provide first insights into flash characteristics of bioluminescent microalgae as a potential media for future living light interfaces. A growing number of HCI and interaction design researchers show interest in living material interfaces, which incorporate living organisms for novel responsive behaviour and interaction possibilities in digital and biological hybrids. While much is known about the science of these organisms, their ‘living aesthetics’, i.e., how humans experience the unique temporal changes in a living media, have hardly been explored. To bridge this gap in designing living light interfaces, this paper presents a study of bioluminescent flash characterisation. A DIY shaking device was designed to interact with the liquid living media, providing a range of stimuli including orbital rotation, pulsation and vibration. The living light aesthetics is presented with rich visuals illustrating the intensity variations over time, textural qualities and spatial distribution.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelDIS 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
SubtitelNowhere and Everywhere
Aantal pagina's15
ISBN van elektronische versie978-1-4503-8476-6
StatusGepubliceerd - 28 jun 2021


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