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“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.