MIT Museum Exhibit: Making Digital Tangible


Paula Aguilera

Paula Aguilera

Thursday — Monday
November 7, 2019 —
August 31, 2020

“My dream is to make bits tangible and atoms dance.”—Hiroshi Ishii

Hiroshi Ishii, founder and director of the Tangible Media group at the MIT Media Lab and influential visionary of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), has spent the last quarter century pursuing his quest to make the digital world tangible.

By giving physical form to digital information and computation, Ishii pursues a vision that transcends the current mode of Painted Bits of Graphical User Interfaces, the current, dominant mode of interaction with computers, phones, and other screens.

This exhibition features a sampling of projects from the Tangible Media group over the span of the last 25 years, including the interactive inTouch, which employs force-feedback technology to create an illusion that people, separated by distance, are interacting with the same object, and bioLogic, self-transforming biological "second skins" that are activated by living bacteria.

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