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Mio I-zawa: Throbbing Tumors And Hearts With Wheels

Mio I-zawa: Throbbing Tumors And Hearts With Wheels
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Mio I-zawa is a Japanese interactive media artist that utilizes flesh-like masses of material that resemble hearts, tumors, and skin cells. These items are placed into situations where they interact with computers, humans, or both.

Jim Moscater
  • 28 september 2009

Mio I-zawa is a Japanese interactive media artist that utilizes flesh-like masses that resemble hearts, tumors, and skin cells. These items are placed into situations where they interact with computers, humans, or both.

One example is “Mechanical Tumor” which involves a tumor-like hunk of organic material linked to a computer. The tumor inflates and quivers in tandem with the amount of stress your computer endures. Using a combination of motors and pneumatic actuators, the wad of flesh pulses gently when the CPU load is low. When the computer loads at a slower speed, an air compressor is activated within the tumor, and it begins inflating.

A video demonstration:



Another example is I-zawa’s “External Heart” which consists of a faux human heart (with a motor and wheels built in) that moves when linked via a cord with a finger sensor at the end. The heart’s movement is based upon the heartbeat of each person that attaches to it.

A video demonstration:



[Via Pink Tentacle]

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