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Claudia Arnold

MA work

MA work

  • MÓTA

    MÓTA, 2018
    Photographer: Claudia Arnold

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Móta gives ‘physical’ properties to light to enable tangible interactions with our increasingly dematerialised technology without the need for virtual or augmented reality.

We are still tied to physical interfaces despite technology becoming increasingly dematerialised. How can we enable tangible interactions with this invisible world without resorting to virtual or augmented reality?

Imagine if you could hold a pool of light of in your hand. Móta gives ‘physical’ properties to grains of light to create a volumetric display controlled by gesture.

Móta creates the appearance of a 3D cloud of light particles on a 2D surface. It invites us to interact with the cloud as if each light particle possessed physical form. The physicality of the particles interacts with our own physicality to create a real and intuitive form of interaction.

This inherently non-binary interaction proposes a new language for communication between the physical and digital worlds.



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2018

  • Claudia is a design engineer who graduated from Product Design at Central Saint Martins, and worked briefly in this field before working for several years in the music industry. 

    She came to Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College to explore her interests of Time, Light and Design for real life, and how human inertia can affect design solutions. 

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Product Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
  • Exhibitions

  • Work-In-Progess Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; ICAH, Imperial Festival, Imperial College, London, 2018; Work-In-Progess Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; AcrossRCA, Royal College of Art, London, 2016
  • Awards

  • Finalist, Imperial College VCC, 2018 (Pluvo); Semi-Finalist, Imperial College VCC, 2018 (Breathe); ICAH Boost Grant, Imperial College, 2018; Joint-Winner, Climate-KIC Climathon, 2017