In our current times of being overloaded with data, traditional perception channels are not enough to fully understand complex situations. We aim to explore how to expand and to create further possibilities for the human sensorium to navigate in accordance with actual datasets.


Our goal is to create new methods of learning and communicating by combining computational processes with natural phenomena, non-standard interaction methods and discerning data to harvest meaningful information. Generating and optimizing objects for e.g. using biomimicry can be applied on design processes of everyday items, or neural networks that generate information based on large datasets (image, sound…

Imagine you slowly walk on a path. You wander around in a garden. You can see strange sounds coming from different places indicate some invisible cross talk between plants, space & intangible network fields. As you move the handheld augmented reality device around in space, you can observe the source of these sounds as hidden processes, mutual interactions between virtual and actual plants. Some of them exist in the garden as living organisms, some of them are virtually present, left there by other participants before. While you walk, blow or move the myriad semi-virtual pollen particles over the different blossoms…

“Imagine that you could pass through two doors at once. It’s inconceivable, yet fungi do it all the time. When faced with a forked path, fungal hyphae don’t have to choose one or the other. They can branch and take both routes.” — Merlin Sheldrake, Living Labyrinths (Entangled Life)

Experimenting with space colonization algorithm: combining grown fragments with a map of a small city, scraped from OpenStreetmap (Dunaújváros)

Sonification is the use of non-speech audio to convey information or perceptualize data. Auditory perception has advantages in temporal, spatial, amplitude, and frequency resolution that open possibilities as an alternative or complement to visualization techniques. …

“That tree in your garden is probably hooked up to a bush several meters away, thanks to mycelium. The more we learn about these underground networks, the more our ideas about plants have to change. They aren’t just sitting there quietly growing. By linking to the fungal network they can help out their neighbours by sharing nutrients and information — or sabotage unwelcome plants by spreading toxic chemicals through the network.” (source)

Underground networks of different resources in Budapest (green: data, red: electricity, brown: water drainage, yellow: hydrocarbon, blue: water supply) source

Urban spaces have special regions, where these underground networks have to meet artificial, human-built systems: underground data cables, heat tubes and other structures that are mainly connected with…

The primary value of augmented reality is the manner in which components of the digital world blend into a person’s perception of the real world, not as a simple display of data, but through the integration of immersive sensations, which are perceived as natural parts of an environment. The earliest functional AR systems that provided immersive mixed reality experiences for users were invented in the early 1990s, starting with the Virtual Fixtures system developed at the U.S. Air Force’s Armstrong Laboratory in 1992, however, Ivan Sutherland and his colleges made some working prototypes in the sixties.

AR systems are being…

Data Gardening

Research Stream from the Mome Immersive Media Lab

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