Material Experience Design | Yasuaki Kakehi Laboratory, The University of Tokyo

Yasuaki Kakehi Laboratory


Harpreet Sareen, Franziska Mack, Yasuaki Kakehi

Algaphon Exhibition Website (Are Electronica Festival 2021) is here:


Urban environments and manicured nature, with unseen native diversity, have resulted in forgotten evolutionary histories and a reduced understanding of ecosystem relations. In this context, especially the aquatic plant biosphere is the object of collective amnesia. Algaphon is a hybrid installation where algae bubbles that ring at Minnaert frequency near algal filaments are rendered audible through a hydrophone. Online visitors can leave a voice message that is translated into photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) variations in a remote aquarium. The algae bubble’s response to human speech is then recorded and emailed back to the visitor to engage in a reflective dialog with algal species. The installation refocuses attention on nonvascular physiological mechanisms and invites viewers to think about how environments exist in a heightened dynamic to adapt to human actions.


Algaphone is selected as a part of Ars Electronica Festival 2021 (Sep 8-12, 2021)
Ars Electronica Festival 2021 TOKYO GARDEN (Sep 8-12, 2021)


Algaphon (Ars Electronica Festival 2021) の展示ウェブサイトはこちら:




本作は、2021年9月8日から12日まで、Ars Electronica Festival 2021に招待され、オンサイトおよびオンラインで展示されます。TOKYO GARDENにおいても展示作品として選出されました。
Ars Electronica Festival 2021 TOKYO GARDEN (Sep 8-12, 2021)


Photo Credit: Franziska Mack


Yasuaki Kakehi Laboratory, The University of Tokyo
With auxiliary support from Parsons School of Design and Stochastic Labs