About

interaction among organisms within a community

The Coaction Lab is dedicated to the compulsive exploration of un/stable relationships between organisms, environments and technology; examining site specific histories, stories and inspiration. We analyze the symbiotic worlds of bio & ecological art, biomimicry, interactive systems, 2D & 3D prototyping, biosensors and multi-sensory data translation.  This is an array of constantly evolving investigations into the myriad collisions of life and technology. Within the borders of the University, this lab which is dedicated to collaboration between the Arts, Humanities and Sciences, has begun new partnerships with the schools of Marine Sciences, Molecular & Bio Sciences, Engineering, Art & Theatre.  Outside the University, we have begun collaborations with the City of Bangor Water District, Bigelow Labs, The Maine Science Festival, the University of Sussex in Great Britain and with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France. The lab develops ways for students to get hands on experience outside of the classroom both locally, nationally and internationally, by establishing connections between their research agendas and the needs / missions of individuals, ecosystems and organizations in need.

The Coaction Lab also facilitates the exploration of the processes and practice from ideation to implementation. We encourages students to develop their own hybrid process which suits their particular needs, agendas and, skill sets. Emphasis is placed on finding solutions by using one’s senses, researching, creating prototypes, and examining user feedback, all with the intention of developing alluring systems of exploration and wonder. These endeavors lie at the heart of what we do. We give our students new ways to visualize, sonify and spacialize their work. This facilitation gives students the room they need to  adapt, contextualize and communicate their ideas. As a result, they develop a toolbox that will foster future opportunity, such as higher education, large scale projects, jobs, grants, internships / residencies, and self-entrepreneurship.