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FlavoMetrics at the ACM SIGCHI Conference

Researcher Clarice Risseeuw will present the latest publication at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2023 in Pittsburgh, PA (USA). The pictorial is called FlavoMetrics: Towards a Digital Tool to Understand and Tune Living Aesthetics of Flavobacteria and it was co-authored with Jose F. Martinez Castro, Pascal Barla and Prof. Elvin Karana.

Flavobacteria produce vivid colourations but their unique temporal qualities and responsive behaviour – like with many microorganisms – are challenging for biodesigners to understand. Addressing this challenge, the authors proudly present FlavoMetrics, a digital tool that enables biodesigners to virtually explore Flavobacteria’s living colour. Through discussions with biodesigners, they identified in what ways such an interactive tool can assist in navigating the design space of living microorganisms. Doing so, the authors hope to inspire HCI tools for accessible and time- and resource-efficient biodesign as well as for better alignment with divergent microbial temporalities in living with living artefacts.

Clarice Risseeuw and Jose F. Martinez Castro: Materials Experience lab, Delft University of Technology

Pascal Barla: Research Center INRIA, Bordeaux, France

Prof. Elvin Karana: CARADT and Materials Experience lab, Delft University of Technology

‘Nature is a perfect example of an iterative design process. It is inspiring and full of exciting solutions.’

Clarice Risseeuw is a researcher within the Biobased Art and Design research group

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‘Digital media help me to envision future interactions with living materials’

Jose is a researcher in the Caradt Biobased Art and Design research group. His work focuses on supporting ongoing research with living materials by incorporating computational design and digital visualization techniques.

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‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’

Elvin Karana is Research Professor of Biobased Art and Design at the Avans and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, leading the research group Materializing Futures at TU/Delft. 

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Research Group: Biobased Art and Design

The research group Biobased Art and Design capitalises on the role of artistic practice in unlocking the unique potentials of living organisms for everyday materials and communicating these to a broader public. In doing so, the group aims to instigate and accelerate our widespread understanding, further development and usage of such materials. The group’s research approach encourages tangible interactions with the living organisms, such as algae, fungi, plants and bacteria, to explore and understand their unique qualities and constraints through diverse technical and creative methods taking artists, designers and scientists as equal and active partners in the material creation.

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