Hybrid Worlds: Nano_Biotech + Art, 2010
( dialogical impulses )
Nour Diab | firstname.lastname@example.org
Parsons, MFA in Design and Technology
Professor: Victoria Vesna
“A different kind of consciousness is possible among us,
a participatory consciousness.”
impulsionsdialogiques explores the concepts of 'community' and
'communication' through electronical layerings of habitual experiences that
reveal hidden patterns in users' immediate environment, that are at once
generated, affected, and controlled by users.
This project aims at providing users with a new way of perceiving and thinking of
structures and patterns in the world, and reconsidering the way they interact
with 'the social.'
concept / topic
Through monitoring users' HRV (Heart Rate Variability) levels, devices will
enable individual devices to send bio-sensitive markers to neighboring users -at
random-, relying closely on relative positioning in real space and time.
Markers will consist of mathematically-generated visuals responding to intra-
personal electrical impulses (biofeedback), revealing a certain type of emotional
state, giving new content to space and new meaning to 'communication.' In this
way, users will interact with one another on anonymous grounds and on non-
verbal and non-invasive communication levels.
Devices will also allow users to visualize bio-interactive spaces, and decipher
the larger-scale structure of hidden bio-dynamics in the context of new local
interactivity in habitual contexts.
precedents: behavior design
Earlid Helmet | Smell+ (Auger + Loizeau, UK) 1 2
(2) The Eo Una (student project, University of Dundee)
allows users to make their loved one know about their
state of mind remotely. It operates by tilting it at
90 degrees and each one of its four faces represents a
Social Mobiles (IDEO + Crispin Jones, 2009)
repurposing objects for new types of behavioral meaning
& adaptive systems
StarLogo (Mitchel Resnick, 1991)
"exploration of microworlds"
digital programming language or system
exploring the concepts of decentralized
systems and self-organization for new modes
of understanding the physics of time, space,
and behavioral dynamics.
& adaptive systems
Fuji Flavor Co., Ltd.
investigates electronic layering of habitual
experiences as providing opportunities for
telepathic connectivity, informed by pheromone
chemicals shared amongst insects.
precedents: visible invisible
Stamen Design, SF
MIT Senseable City Lab
TECHNICAL VIEW : receiver
the user is equipped with a
device that senses his/her
the wireless environment
connects multiple devices
with one another as clusters;
which provides opportunities
for local interactions in urban
the device senses values
and depending on the
conjunction of both variables
(HRV and stroking behavior),
sends a vibration signal
along with a visual marker
responding to real-time "peak
experiences" (Maslow, 1968:
97) that have specific
emotions or moods assigned
"Simple rules for each cell
sometimes lead to
complex and unexpected
How might interpersonal ubiquity provide opportunities for interaction on
the intra-personal level?
How might electronic interventions affect habitual experiences and social
practices or flow?
What can we learn from nonlinear dynamics of complex systems, from the
emergence of order and self-organization in nature? How might these
redefine the practice of interaction design as a practice that supports
and, How might electronic layering of habitual experiences change our
understanding of 'communication' and 'community'?