Anabiosis- a life on Paper



Anabiosis is a pictorial artwork based on the polychrome paper computing technology. In this work, human touch gives the printed butterfly a color. Adalbert Seitz (1860-1938), an Entomologist of Germany, has edited “The Macrolepidoptera of the World”, 16 part series of lithograph of butterflies and moths from the world. The butterflies created by Seitz, has a presence and beauty as if they are alive. Anabiosis is developed to give a dynamic aesthetics to a beautiful butterfly Seitz has drawn on paper. By touching a butterfly on a piece of paper, this gives a feeling of a resurrection by parting a life of human into a butterfly.


The vision of our work is to fuse computer with existing printing techniques such as Ukiyo-e, calligraphy and lithography. By using existing printing techniques with paper computing technology, previous know-hows can be blended into the materiality of paper. We must remember that paper relates to many cultures, and have been playing an important role more than just as a recording media. When the paper gets the character connecting to computer seamlessly, a fascinating work which holds another beauty, will be generated.



– Kohei Tsuji, Akira Wakita, Polychrome Paper Computing, ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA 2011 (Emerging Technologies), Hong Kong, 2011.
– Kohei Tsuji, Akira Wakita, Anabiosis: An Interactive Pictorial Art Based on Polychrome Paper Computing, ACM ACE 2011 , Lisbon, Portugal, 2011. Gold Award (Interactive Art).
– Kohei Tsuji, Akira Wakita, Anabiosis: A Pictorial Art Based on Polychrome Paper Computing, 2nd International Workshop on Organic User Interface (OUI 2010), Funchal, Portugal, 2010. – Anabiosis – A Life on Paper,Asia Digital Art Award 2011, Interactive Art, Finalist, 2011.
– Kohei Tsuji, Akira Wakita, Anabiosis: A Pictorial Art Based on Polychrome Paper Computing, INTERACTION 2011, Interactive Presentation, Interactive Presentation Award, Tokyo, March 12, 2011.>Interactive Presentation Award
– Kohei Tsuji, Akira Wakita, Polychrome Paper Computing: A Dynamic Color-generating Technology Using Printing Technique and Functional Inks, IPSJ SIG Technical Reports, 2011-HCI-144(20), 1-6, 2011-07-21



– New Scientist,Colour-changing inks bring butterflies to life, Nov.2, 2011
– Discovery News,PAPER MAKES TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAYS, Dec. 16, 2011
– ALT 1040,Japoneses inventan pantalla táctil sobre papel, Dec. 17, 2011
– 麻省理工 (Technology Review in Chinese),纸张制成触摸屏, Dec. 19, 2011
– TIC beat,Científicos japoneses añaden al papel propiedades táctiles, Dec. 19, 2011
– beyond,Papier als Batteriestoff und Display, Dec. 19, 2011
– treehugger,Ordinary Paper Transformed Into New Touch Screen Display, Dec. 19, 2011
–,Científicos japoneses añaden propiedades táctiles al papel, Dec. 19, 2011
– TECHNOLOGIA 21,Japoneses inventan pantalla táctil sobre papel (video), Dec. 17, 2011
–,Desarrollan técnica para incorporar al papel propiedades táctiles, Dec. 19, 2011
– psfk,Amazing Flexible Touch Screen Made Of Ordinary Paper And Conductive Ink, Dec. 21, 2011
– ENERGY SISTEM, Brasil,Touchscreen de papel muda de cor com toque, Dec. 20, 2011.
-「スマートマテリアル 触れると変化する動的表現への挑戦」Adobe Systems 知的創造性でサバイブする
-「タッチでカラフル紙」テレビ東京, ワールドビジネスサテライト,トレンドたまご, 2011年3月4日
-「絵を触ると色変わる紙 慶大、特殊インク活用」日経産業新聞, 2011年2月28日


Kohei Tsuji, Hisakazu Hada, Akira Wakita

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Water Light Graffiti created by Antonin Fourneau, in the Digitalarti Artlab

Waterlight Graffiti is a project that aims to create a material made of thousands of LEDs which lights up when touched by water. When it touches the frame of a LED, water creates an electrical bridge bringing the power required to light up the LED embedded under the surface. The wetter it is, the brighter it gets.

Based on a idea as simple as bright, Waterlight Graffiti’s purpose is to be a new kind of reactive material to draw or write ephemeral messages made of light. This project enables anyone to graffiti the wall of LEDs with a basic environment-friendly atomizer. To use water, which has neither shape nor colour, to draw light, is a magical experience, regardless of the public age or its artistic sensibility. This opportunity finally becomes a new kind of interaction with urban architecture. By mixing a natural element and technology, Waterlight Graffiti’s users can even play with the weather or the evaporation speed for example. Water Light Graffiti also has a surprising role during rainy days and turn them into fireworks of damp LEDs.Screen Shot 2558-12-09 at 12.56.54 PM

Waterlight Graffiti is an installation created  by Antonin Fourneau produced in collaboration with Art2m.


In 2005 Antonin Fourneau received an Art Diploma from Aix-en-Provence Art School followed in 2007 by a post Diploma in Interactiv Art in the Design School of ENSAD Paris. Since his graduation, Antonin has been focused on interaction and relation with popular culture. He created a collaborative project about innovation and new form of funfair named Eniarof. Most of his research focus on the pleasure to interact with large group of people. In continuation of his research, he was selected for a residency in Japan in 2007 at the Tokyo Wonder Site. Followed in 2008 in a residence at Medialab Prado in Madrid as part of its research for the project Oterp (a geolocalised music game). He took part in various exhibitions related to digital arts. He is currently professor of Digital Arts in ENSAD and guest to teach in several schools like CAFA-Beijing.



2012 Maker Carnival, China museum of digital art / Beijing

2011 Play it Yourself, Centre Pompidou / Paris

2011 Eniarof 12 / Poitiers

2010 Mode Demo, HEAD / Geneva

2009 Slick Artfair, young artist selection ARTE  / Paris

2008 PlayLab, Medialab Prado / Madrid

2007 Digital Art Festival Japan / Tokyo

2005 Eniarof 1 / Aix-en-Provence

2004 Power Villette Numérique / Paris

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