Risako Kawashima (JP), Yasuaki Kakehi (JP)
installation, 2017

The work literally utilizes human breath as an interface to activate a lighting system. The participant produces a soap bubble using a straw. When they put the bubble underneath a light socket, the light bulb is activated. The light is on as long as the soap bubble lasts under the bulb, and it turns off when the soap bubble bursts. A special light bulb which combines the sensor and a lighting component utilizes the conductivity of the soap film to detect its existence. The bubble works as part of an electronic circuit in this system.

Risako Kawashima (JP) is an undergraduate student at the Keio University. She is especially interested in designing material-driven interactions. Her works have been shown at the Spiral, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and the Ars Electronica Festival.

Yasuaki Kakehi (JP) is a media artist and an HCI researcher based in Tokyo, Japan. He works as Associate Professor at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo. He has exhibited his works and research results at multiple venues, including SIGGRAPH, the Ars Electronica Festival, the YCAM and the ICC. He is trying to cross the boundaries between engineering, art and design.

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