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Denise Flasz (designer)
Marko Tandefelt (thesis advisor)
Loretta Wolozin (thesis advisor)
Katherine Moriwaki (thesis advisor)




The human body is a complex organism capable of perceiving only a small range of the electromagnetic spectrum. These energy waves are in constant interaction with us in a daily basis but we don’t even know how they look or feel. They tan us, they cook our food and they even allow us to communicate and learn from our universe.

Intangible is a project that aims to assign a tangible form to an unperceivable phenomena from the electromagnetic spectrum, proposing visible interaction and possible conclusions about its existence.

The project takes the shape of an electro-kinetic sculpture that reacts to radio frequency waves in the space where installed. Intangible’s goal is to inform participants about the presence of these waves in real time. Users are invited to make phone calls and when cell phone and WiFi activity is detected the sculpture vibrates according to the signal received, allowing users to form possible conclusions about its existence.



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