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  • Behnaz FARAHI, "The Living, Breathing Wall."
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Behnaz FARAHI: How might we imagine a space that can develop an understanding of its users through their sounds and movements and respond accordingly? “The Living, Breathing Wall” seeks to address this question; one of the main contributions of this work is to explore how a physical environment can change its shape in response to the speech recognition of users.

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  • Toer, Fiet.
    eindhoven NETHERLANDS

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Toer (Wouter WIDDERSHOVEN & Castor BOURS): Fiet is an interactive light object that visualizes the emotional impact of movement. The object is built out of hundreds of cones which emphasize the motion of the surface. The points of the cones move closer to each other or expand when the skin moves. All this happens through the influence of sounds surrounding the object. You will see the sculpture become stressed when there is a sudden noise, but when it’s quiet and peaceful it will move in a comfortable manner—it’s like a living organism that interacts with its environment.

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  • RVTR, Nervous Ether: Shiver of Bodies.
    ann arbor MICHIGAN

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Kathy VELIKOV & Geoffrey THÜN (RVTR): Nervous Ether is a full-scale responsive physical environment consisting of a cellular pneumatic skin, operating as an instrument to register and communicate remote environmental information while also generating specific sensations and effects within the immediate (inhabitable) environment. It aims to lever the agency of air and information to spatially and physically materialize the immaterial into a palpable and sensate environment. The installation was undertaken through the 333 Summer Studio at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, August 2013.

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  • Intimacy White 2.0
    rotterdam THE NETHERLANDS

    INTIMACY is a fashion project exploring the relation between intimacy and technology. Its high-tech garments entitled ‘Intimacy White’ and ‘Intimacy Black’ are made out of opaque smart e-foils that become increasingly transparent based on close and personal encounters with people.

    Social interactions determine the garments’ level of transparency, creating a sensual play of disclosure.

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  • Intimacy White, detail.
    rotterdam THE NETHERLANDS

    INTIMACY is a fashion project about the relation between intimacy and technology. Its high-tech garments “Intimacy White” and “Intimacy Black” are made out of opaque smart e-foils which become increasingly transparent based on close and personal encounters with people.

    Social interactions determine the garments’ level of transparency, creating a sensual play of disclosure.

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  • Lotus Dome
    waddinxveen THE NETHERLANDS

    “Lotus Dome,” interactive artwork by artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde, is a living dome made out of hundreds of ultralight aluminum flowers that fold open in response to human behavior.

    When approached, the big silver dome lights up and opens its flowers. Its behavior moves from soft breathing to dynamic mood when more people interact. The light slowly follows people, creating an interactive play of light and shadow. The graphic representations of the lotus flower on the walls, and the deep bass sound, transforms the Renaissance environment into a “Techno-Church.”

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  • coFLEXions: A Responsive Inflatable
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    Harvard GSD
    critics: mariana IBAÑEZ & simon KIM

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    brandon CUFFY, judy FULTON, & stacy MORTON: CoFLEXions is a responsive inflatable that creates a unique connection between the individual user, the collective, and a spatial environment. This responsive inflatable is a project that tests the implications of responsive architecture through formal and spatial means. As responsive technologies become readily accessible to architects and designers, they provide an opportunity for users to have unique agency over their spatial environments.

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