Bio-kinesis: Eco-friendly soft kinetic media skin

Hybrid Media Lab


Silicon modules, microcontroller

Bio-kinesis is a soft kinetic media skin that bridges people and people, a building and people, and people and environments through the fusion of design and technology in an interactive and eco-friendly way. In recent years, architectural skin is moving away from the static object and increasingly becoming a dynamic structure with the advent of information and communication technology. This gives birth to a new architectural structure called ‘digitally-driven architecture’ and leads to the transition from a mechanical paradigm to a biological one. With respect to this transitional phenomenon, the artists propose the eco-friendly and soft kinetic media skin that provides a smooth kinesis that resembles living organisms. In this way, this Media Architecture functions as an intelligent skin that supports diverse contents via morphological transformations that respond to people and its surrounding environment. To achieve it, the artists applied eco-friendly soft kinematics using pneumatic robotics, which goes beyond the traditional approach in which we used the existing mechanical actuators that consumed a huge amount of energy. Thus, through this work, visitors will broaden and deepen their understanding of the conceptual and morphological advance of architecture at the same time experience the new future of architectural skin. In addition, this work provides emotional pleasure to visitors through the mutual interaction with the natural kinesis.

Hybrid Media Lab
Hybrid Media Lab is a Professor Jae Wan Park’s Research laboratory of the Global School of Media, Soongsil University. This lab forcuses to research, design, and develop innovative products and services based on the fusion of design and technology.