Life Ink

The Future Ink Project is a collaborative research project between Wacom and Ars Electronica Futurelab to explore the future of creativity from all aspects of ink. Wacom is the world’s leader in pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface technologies, supporting creative communities across the globe.

In the first year of the project, we searched the soul in creative expressions through Space Ink. In the second year of the project, we experimented with noise in creative expressions by developing living ink that grows freely, under the theme of Bio Ink. This year marks the third year of Future Ink research. We are now exploring the inner mechanism of creativity in our brain and body. When we draw with a pen tablet, we use pen data, such as location, pressure, tilt, and speed, to create strokes with digital ink. But what if we can use the life data of the human body and brain to create a new form of ink? Can the human body become the pen that generates ink that expresses ourselves on conscious and subconscious levels? Can the ink reveal a new aspect of ourselves that inspires our creativity? Can we create a more inclusive ink that can be used by all people, regardless of pen skills or physical limitations?

In the project, we are developing wearable gear for the head and body with sensors for brainwaves and body signals. The real-time data will be visualized as ink in the prototype exhibition and performance at the Ars Electronica Festival. The goal of the project is not to find a specific answer, but to continue to ask questions and conduct innovative and experimental research that is crucial to envisioning the future of creativity.

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