Frazzled by the frenetic lifestyle of the future? No problem, a luxury lounge bathed in soft, calming bioluminescence will soothe your worries away. That's the art concept created by Sydney-based microbiologist Kathy Takayama and artist John Nicholson, who unveiled their exhibit — entitled LuxCorp — at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space on 14 May.
With their prototype light-emitting furniture (right), they present a vision of a future in which human–bacterial interactions are taken to a new dimension. The light emitted is a simulation of the bioluminescent by-product of bacterial communication. The exhibit is part of Metis, the Australian festival of art meets science, and runs until 18 June.