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“Behave" Installation

Venice Biennale Exhibition

“Behave” is an installation at the Bienalle Architecttura di Venezia that extends advancements in genetic engineering to the realm of spatial and New-Media design by activating synthetic living materials around us with sensorial biomarkers from our human body. It suggests a bio-systemic approach rendering human interaction, social behaviour, human emotions as substance, and provokes our ability to communicate and synergise with our environment through such intricate resolutions of material responsiveness.

The “Behave” holographic microscope analyses the breath of spectators, measuring oxygen, carbon dioxide and breath tidal volume. An algorithm programming the behavioural patterns of bacteria uses these biomarkers to simulate the growth, organisation, and material deposition of a bacterial colony, constructing a virtual biofilm that interacts in real time with sensorial inputs.

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The Pepper’s Ghost illusion is utilized to unite the microscopic and the virtual elements into their spatial materiality. The recursive relationship between the exhale of breath that is charged with our unique physiological signals and the responsive behaviour of an emerging materiality is transformed into spatial materiality. “Behave” suggests a future environment that is sensitive to stimuli, capable of expression and responsive to our needs and desires.

Team: Gary Freedman, Shany Barath, Moti Shoyovitz and Nicolas Myers, in collaboration with Vecoy Nano-medicines, Erez Livneh, Manja van de Worp

Supported by INNOVATE 360 LTD as part of the Israeli Pavilion

Press Coverage: ​

"Behave" on Domus Israel >

"Behave" on Designboom (as part of ISR Pavilion 2016) >

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Venice Biennale Israeli Pavilion




Venice, Italy



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