Ars Electronica Festival 2017: Recomposition of Human Presence: Waves, Material, and Intelligence

2018. 08. 04

9月7日から9月11日、オーストリア・リンツで開催されたArs Electronica Festival 2017にて、”Recomposition of Human Presence: Waves, Material, and Intelligence”と題し、Digital Nature Groupの作品を展示しました。

How can we redefine our human presence? The Digital Nature Group has focused on researching the relationship between waves, material and intelligence by computational environments towards building feedback loops between human intelligence and machine intelligence. From the viewpoint of computer science research, they are prototyping the systems to combine wave engineering, organic and meta-materials by digital fabrication and deep learning in order to discover the new ecosystem in the digital age.


Authors: Satoshi Hashizume, Kazuki Takazawa, Ippei Suzuki

This telepresence system provides remote care by installing functions such as object recognition on a wheelchair.


Authors: Natsumi Kato, Hiroyuki Osone

We present DeepWear, a method using deep learning for clothes design. DeepWear designing clothes system use DCGAN to generate images and designers make clothes by receiving inspiration from those images.

Coded Skeleton

Authors: Taisuke Ohshima, Miyu Iwafune

Coded Skeleton is a material that transforms into preprogrammed motions by using simple linear actuators. This property of the material is provided by a 3D-printable geometric structure. The motion is designed by original software that generates a 3D-printable structure that is flexible only in the designed motion but stiff in other deformations. We call this property “isolated flexibility.” It realizes precisely controllable elastic motion by using simple linear actuators, and the design system that has been developed enables us to design the motion of the Coded Skeleton.

Stimulated Percussions

Authors: Ayaka Ebisu, Yuta Sato

Electrical stimulation turns muscles into machines. The body controlled by the program produces rhythms. This is a new method for musical performances which aims to beat out rhythms for beginners. It is easy to play different rhythms simultaneously with the right hand and the left hand.

Live Jacket

Authors: Yoichi Ochiai, HAKUHODO Inc., Go inc., Kenta Suzuki, Shinji Sakamoto

Our Live Jacket demonstration allows visitors to wear a jacket with built-in speakers and to listen to music over the whole body. There are 22 built-in speakers which play music from every part of the jacket, so visitors can experience wrap-around sound. In addition, the sounds change depending on the movement of the person wearing it.

Immersive Light Field

Authors: Kazuki Otao

This head-mounted display (HMD) system makes it possible to project images directly into human pupils and to see the environment through an HMD. This system provides an unprecedentedly wide angle and shows the possibility of metamaterials that have properties that do not exist in nature.

Immersive Light Field / Kazuki Otao (JP)

Printed Absorbent

Authors: Kohei Ogawa, Hiroki Hasada, Kensuke Abe, Kenta Yamamoto

In this work, we fabricated the structure which causes capillary phenomena. These plants are grown by the structure. Look forward to how it will grow.

Recomposition of Human Presence: Waves, Material, and Intelligence / Digital Nature Group at the University of Tsukuba, Pixie Dust Technologies Inc. (JP)