Living light interfaces - an exploration of bioluminescence aesthetics

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

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Abstract

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 gliving 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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Subtitle of host publicationNowhere and Everywhere
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages1215-1229
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384766
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Nowhere and Everywhere, DIS 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 28 Jun 20212 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameDIS 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Nowhere and Everywhere

Conference

Conference2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Nowhere and Everywhere, DIS 2021
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period28/06/212/07/21

Keywords

  • biodesign
  • bioluminescent microalgae
  • Living aesthetics
  • living media interfaces
  • temporality

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