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Organic Primitive Bioplastics / Primitive Labs Biodesign (US) | by Ars Electronica
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Organic Primitive Bioplastics / Primitive Labs Biodesign (US)

Transforming Objects into Information Displays


Subtle, overlooked everyday interactions with objects carry the potential to transform how we engage with the world. An umbrella is the interface to the rain and climate; a store-bought apple is the interface to the transnational food system; your skin is the interface to your body’s health. As Internet of Things further extends digital life to objects and environments, Organic Primitive Bioplastics challenges endless data accumulation and memory by posing an ephemeral paradigm for interacting with objects, driven by organic intelligences.

This installation presents a library of smart bioplastics that give objects a “voice” to communicate with us, by converting chemical inputs into human senses – changing color, odor, and form in response to fluids. Artifacts made from the materials act as information displays which provide a glimpse into a new material reality, a world where everyday objects mediate the ecological signals they’re part of, and come to life to communicate with their owners.


Credit: Jürgen Grünwald

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Taken on September 8, 2019