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FlavoMetrics: Towards a Digital Tool to Understand and Tune Living Aesthetics of Flavobacteria

Clarice Risseeuw
Elvin Karana

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Integrating microorganisms into artefacts is a growing area of interest for HCI designers. However, the time, resources, and knowledge required to understand complex microbial behaviour limits designers from creatively exploring temporal expressions in living artefacts, i.e., living aesthetics. Bridging biodesign and computer graphics, we developed FlavoMetrics, an interactive digital tool that supports biodesigners in exploring Flavobacteria's living aesthetics. This open-source tool enables designers to virtually inoculate bacteria and manipulate stimuli to tune Flavobacteria's living colour in a digital environment. Six biodesigners evaluated the tool and reflected on its implications for their practices, for example, in (1) understanding spatio-temporal qualities of microorganisms beyond 2D, (2) biodesign education, and (3) the experience prototyping of living artefacts. With FlavoMetrics, we hope to inspire novel 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.
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hal-04173998 , version 1 (31-07-2023)
hal-04173998 , version 2 (06-10-2023)

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Clarice Risseeuw, Jose Francisco Martinez Castro, Pascal Barla, Elvin Karana. FlavoMetrics: Towards a Digital Tool to Understand and Tune Living Aesthetics of Flavobacteria. DIS 2023 - Designing Interactive Systems Conference, Jul 2023, Pittsburgh PA, United States. pp.2079-2092, ⟨10.1145/3563657.3596085⟩. ⟨hal-04173998v2⟩
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