Nature, biology and art in Amsterdam. We research the possibilities and challenges that biology brings to art, design and society. We organise lectures, workshops and art projects. You're welcome to join.
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Japanese Knotweed: Rethinking Invasive Species
Around the mid 1800s botanical interests in Europe were high. Searching for beautiful unique plants around the world, for study purposes or using them as ornamentals was common practice. So much that many species were being shipped from their natural habitats to Kew Gardens, nurseries and gardens…
The Magic of Cacao
Of flowers, rituals, and sensations
The origins of chocolate -this sublime natural creation- are traced back to the Ulua river valley in Honduras around 1100 BCE (Norton, 2008). The Olmec community or their descendants provided the word Kakawa , which appeared in the Mayan languages as kakaw , in Nahuatl as Kakaw-atl (or cacautl…
Corona Closure | Help to Flatten the Curve!
We are ok but our exhibits and our bar/restaurant are closed until further notice. This started on Sunday march 16, 2020. We'll stay closed for public at least till April 6 whilst following the Dutch Government and City regulations closely.
Distilling a Scent Bouquet
with Frank Bloem
During this workshop, you will be introduced to scent extraction and the distillation process. Distillation is the process of extracting essential oils from plant based materials. Using your own or materials from the Mediamatic grounds, you will distill your own artistic essential oil. Tickets …
Kimchi: Co-design with Microbes
with Saskia Frederiks
Kimchi is winning in popularity in the Netherlands. It is a great taste maker with a rich tradition. This common fermented side dish from Korea contains many beneficial bacteria and is seen as a new superfood. There are a many different kimchis that vary in fermentation time and/or ingredients.
with Frank Bloem
In this workshop, artist and perfumer Frank Bloem will introduce you to the world of perfume making. You will learn the basics of scent composing and at the end of the workshop you will have theoretical knowledge on the principles of perfuming, on how to mix fragrant notes and on the difference…