Tender To Touch
An interactive project that blends technology and nature to create an ever-evolving artwork, inviting visitors to become part of the experience. Using a real-time simulation of Physarum Polycephalum, visitors become virtual nutrients for the microorganism, triggering its growth as they move around the space.
Tender To Touch is an interactive art project we created for Blessed Foundation's 2022 launch event. It's a unique blend of technology and nature that invites visitors to become part of the artwork, an ode to the interconnectedness of all things.
At the heart of the project lies a real-time simulation of Physarum Polycephalum, a wondrous microorganism that defies easy categorization. With our custom set of rules, visitors become active participants in the piece, moving around the space as our wide-angle, low-light camera tracks their every move. Their figures, a virtual nutrient offering to the Physarum, trigger its bursts of growth as they become an integral part of the artwork.
What makes Tender To Touch special is the elegant modulation of the Physarum's rules over time and across the screen. The result is a never-ending, always-evolving artwork that's as unpredictable as it is captivating. Every moment is unique, a fleeting tapestry of sound and light that echoes the boundless complexity of nature itself.