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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

Conductive bodypaint

Conductive bodypaint

As our lifes are increasingly regulated by electronics and there is a drive towards the miniaturization and portability of electronics on and around the body it seems only logical to place electronic circuits on the surface of body.

How about a conductive ink that is applied directly onto the skin to bridge the gap between electronics and the body. The material allows users to create custom electronics and interact with technology through intuitive gesture. It also allows information to be sent on the surface of the skin from person to person or person to object.

The formulation is carbon based and water-soluble: skin-safe and non-invasive. It may be applied in a number of ways including brushing on, stamping or spraying and has future potential for use with conventional printing processes on the body. Potential application areas may be: dance performances, music, fashion, security, military, audio/visual communication and medical devices.


The conductive bodypaint was developed by Becky Pilditch, Matt Johnson, Isabel Lizardi and Bibi Nelson, from the Industrial Design Engineering department at the Royal Collage of Art. Seen at the Flirting with the Future conference.



  1. Perhaps the conductive ink could also be applied as a tattoo, to give it a more permanent character. I can imagine having a tattoo wiring as a replacement of the mp3 audio headset.

  2. The future will be wireless

  3. Indeed Arnoud, although there is still a wire it is now glued onto your body so you don’t notice it.
    Much better than those ‘handy’ and ‘advanced’ wireless connections that have to be set up via all kinds of incomprehensible interfaces that only cause extra cognitive overload.

  4. Seb

    Muy impresionante, no tardaremos en verlo popularizado

  5. Edward A. Quinto

    Dear Next Nature,

    I am on a personal advocacy of promoting the use of microbial bioluminescence for a greener world. Recently, I posted a slide presentation in YouTube to highlight awareness on bioluminescence. Please just google “MrBiolumine” or search it in YouTube. Hope you like it and hope it catches on.

    Cheers, All the Best for Next Nature!

  6. …or post the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uxPScoPwKI

  7. It sure does not look very creative yet how interesting to find such a use of bodypaint.
    I think I was more looking for things like http://www.blacklightbodypaint.com
    That is also a very different type of painting. I think the art version and glowing paints are more fun. Shocking stuff. Punn intended of course.

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