Abstract by Stephanie Mercier

Using cutting edge biotechnology, a living fabric of cells imitating the morphing and color changing capabilities of the skin of a Cyanea octopus will be grown in a lab. This “living fabric” will be connected to electrodes controlled by a computer which stimulate the cells to morph and change colors in response to its environment. The response will be determined by the computer’s assessment of the situation as recorded by audio and video sensors in the exhibition room. The result is a half living, half mechanic display whose mechanical components control the living components rather than the other way around as in the real-life Rat Brain Robot(1) and the fictional Robocop(2).

1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7559150.stm

2. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093870/

-Stephanie Mercier

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