An interactive bio-based fiber membrane

a surface is something that people still can touch, see, and smell in a world where everything is changing to virtual space. further- more, in many cases the surfaces have become the interface bet- ween the real world and virtual world.The surface is seen as tangible interactive interface in this context, the project aims to generate a live surface which can interact with the environment and have a natural characteristics.


To develop a “Sustainable Interactive Surface”, was used as structural material a natural fiber (Fique). To get the interactive property, we began by exploring with different technology applications, which could be integrated within the fiber through construction layers and folding structure, at the end we achieved the interactive surface by programming the circuits. The sustainable interactive surface was taken into account, from extraction of the fiber to its degradation, that means, when the life cycle of the interactive surface is finished, then the electronic items could be separated from the fiber and both of them can be re-used into a new application.


The proposal was originated with the exploration of interface surface in architecture; we developed a modular labyrinth as a proposal of the Via Crucis installation, which has special environment and is created by interactive surface of paper and electronic components. This way we can generate a harmonic, natural and traditional atmosphere situated in Franz Liszt period. „Via Crucis“ of 1878/79 is a musical compositions inspired by the 14 Stations of the Cross from Franz Liszt.


+ mechanical properties
+ Wrinkled material
+ Space-saving due to the modules
+ Special acoustic quality
+ more stiffness due to the structure
+ moisture resistance of the environment

Adriana Cabrera / Diana Cano MFA Media Art and Design Media Faculty Bauhaus Universität Weimar 2012