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YouTube user Rolf R Bakke uploaded a video in 2009 that he titled "LCD Bending"--the art of manipulating the liquid inside a turned-on but broken Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen to making interesting patterns. By pressing near the cracks on the screen with a finger, one can cause the liquid inside the TV to move around, spreading colors throughout the screen in fractal patterns. As shown at the end of the video, hitting on the display in a certain way will also make it light up to one's strikes. 

The interaction this piece displays is touch turning into light and color. The appearance of the display (the location of the liquid) changes based on where and how the user touches it. Although it is not quite popular enough to be featured in a museum, this form of interactive art can be done by anyone with access to a broken LCD screen. The audience is, therefore, anyone who enjoys seeing colorful patterns, and the audience is almost anyone with access to a TV (preferably one that is already broken). The physical space the interaction takes place in is the location of the broken screen--this could even be someone's house, where their phone was dropped and their screen broken. The input is the touch, and the output is the color and arrangement of the liquid crystal inside the screen. 

The type of experience Rolf R Bakke wanted to give the audience was one of amusement and awe. A broken LCD screen is looked upon as useless, but with this, it can still serve another purpose, and it is accessible to almost anyone. After seeing this, the experience of breaking a screen seems to be not entirely disappointing, as it can be given new life even in its "death".