Making Digital Tangible

Through 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.

© 2012 Tangible Media Group/MIT Media Lab