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Karla Rakuljic

If you could trap a moment of a painful sorrow or a deep joy, in what form would you like to keep it? Equilibrium is a biological wearable for emotional wellbeing, exploring how designing with biology can allow new sets of affordances and ways of expressing and interacting with the artifacts.

Equilibrium, was designed in collaboration with a biologist, that uses a biochemical process between crystalized lysozyme, a protein present in human tears, and gold nanoparticles, embedded inside of a wearable. Once the components interacted with each other they created a feedback that is visible as colorization of a wearable, acting as a way to commemorate chapters in life.

Crystalizing tears and turning them into gold, both metaphorically and literally. Showcasing how a wearable made of living things could allow us more humane, poetic, and symbiotic relationships, compared to the transactional interactions we currently have with wearables based on computation.

Beyond that, this project is opening a field of what could be possible in the context of designing with biology and biological matters, how we are going to use them, and what kind of relationship we could build, as we move from machines to organisms, from pixels to cells.

Ivan Kunjasic

Ivan is a designer and researcher, recently graduated MFA in IxD at Umeå Institute of Design. Co-founder and designer at V18, San Francisco based startup, prior to that, he spent a year at IDEO as Interaction Design Intern.

Genuinely interested in biotechnology, biodesign and benevolent business models. At the core, he’s a mere human, and he founds beauty in that.