Fibonacci Research Experiment | Luciferin Redux | Fall 2011

During my first semester majoring in Interaction Design at California College of the Arts, I took an interdisciplinary class called Luciferin Redux. It was an intriguing concoction of art design and biology wrapped within the theme of living bioluminescent systems. For a third of the semester, we read about and discussed evolution. We designed visual systems in which complexity can arise from a few simple consistent rules. During the second third of the class, we learned from leading researchers in various biological fields about the systems they were exploring. After the presentations and discussions, we had to use design tools to create systems that function under the same principles as the systems being researched. The final third of the class required us to conceptualize and conduct an experiment on bioluminescent breast-cancer cells.