Novel materials with hybrid, dynamic, and interactive qualities are emerging due to the cross-pollination between biology and electronics. In this exploratory article, we propose an original and tentative definition and taxonomy of Bio-Synergistic materials. By analyzing the best examples within the taxonomy, we argue that they elicit emerging materials experiences related to being alive, provocative, and surprising, unfolding a unique set of emotions, feelings, and experiences for users. Such experiences promote a shift in values in society, addressing a complex system of values related to interdependence, environmental consciousness, multi-species collaborations, caring, transience, and imperfection, and re-centering design approaches from being anthropocentric to becoming more-than-human. The findings are articulated in an original framework of Bio-Synergistic materials for socially meaningful design. This preliminary investigation may be extended into a solid research theme, catalyzing positive implications for nature, technology, and society.

Alive, Provocative, Surprising: Emotional Dimensions of Bio-Synergistic Materials for Socially Meaningful Design

S. Parisi;
2020

Abstract

Novel materials with hybrid, dynamic, and interactive qualities are emerging due to the cross-pollination between biology and electronics. In this exploratory article, we propose an original and tentative definition and taxonomy of Bio-Synergistic materials. By analyzing the best examples within the taxonomy, we argue that they elicit emerging materials experiences related to being alive, provocative, and surprising, unfolding a unique set of emotions, feelings, and experiences for users. Such experiences promote a shift in values in society, addressing a complex system of values related to interdependence, environmental consciousness, multi-species collaborations, caring, transience, and imperfection, and re-centering design approaches from being anthropocentric to becoming more-than-human. The findings are articulated in an original framework of Bio-Synergistic materials for socially meaningful design. This preliminary investigation may be extended into a solid research theme, catalyzing positive implications for nature, technology, and society.
DISEÑA
La polinización cruzada entre biología y electrónica está haciendo emerger nuevos materiales con cualidades híbridas, dinámicas e interactivas. En este artículo exploratorio intentamos una definición y una taxonomía original de los materiales bio-sinérgicos. Analizando los mejores ejemplos dentro de la taxonomía, argumentamos que ellos suscitan experiencias materiales emergentes relacionadas con el hecho de estar vivos y ser provocadores y sorprendentes, des-plegando en los usuarios un conjunto único de emociones, sentimientos y experiencias. Tales experiencias promueven un cambio en los valores de la sociedad, abordando un complejo sistema de valores relacionados con la interdependencia, la conciencia ambiental, las colaboraciones multi-especies, el cuidado, la transitoriedad y la imperfección. Además, re-centran los enfoques de diseño, pasando del diseño antropocéntrico al diseño “más que humano”. Los hallazgos se articulan en un marco original de materiales bio-sinérgicos para un diseño socialmente significativo. Esta investigación preliminar puede extenderse a un robusto tema de investigación, catalizando implicaciones positivas para la naturaleza, la tecnología y la sociedad.
Bio-Synergistic materials, Bio-design, Interactivity, Dynamism, Imperfection
Materiales bio-sinérgicos, Bio-diseño, Interactividad, Dinamismo, Imperfección
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