Designing with Organisms
Art, design and bioculture
We're building an urban farm, experimenting with new forms of energy, and exploring biotechnology and eco-culture through art, community and design.
A stool of spores
What could future materials and production processes be like?
Jannis Huelsen's project is based on a bacterium which produces an artificial cellulose material. This bacterium counsumes sugar and builds a cellulose fibre structure around any given form. Since the process takes place in a nutrition liquid, the wet material can be dryed later on, resulting in a durable and 100 % biodegradable material. The properties of this material can be adjusted by changing the genetic code of the organisms. In collaboration with the company Jenpolymers , a technique was developed to create a »skin« around a wooden stool frame, f...
Every first Tuesday of the month, few Amsterdam based organizations organize a meeting about sustainability. Every time a different aspect of theme of this matter are discussed by a small but interested group of people, mainly professionals and students.
Yesterday I attended one of these meeting and the subject was "sustainable materials".
You might ask yourself at this point, what this have to do with mushrooms and moulds? Well, actually NOTHING!
I attended the meeting hoping to have a revelation and discover revolutionary materials infected by bacteria and viruses. This didn't happen; however I learned other interesting things I'd like to share here.
Els Zijlstra, Director of dutch company Materia g...