Teresa van Dongen (NL)
Teresa van Dongen developed a bioluminescent light in glass tubes using a fluid that holds special bacteria obtained from the skin of an octopus. Movement keeps the bacteria oxygenated, causing blue waves to light up. As a tribute to our one and only planet, the installation refers to our galaxy in which the Earth is but one tiny dot. Teresa recently won the Dutch Design Award in the category of Young Designer.
Dominik Schmieden / TU Delft (NL)
Mollusks such as snails and mussels have developed hard outer shells as a defense against predators. Nacre (mother of pearl) is often a main component; a complex composite material whose microscopic structure gives it amazing material properties, such as high toughness and strength. This is achieved by a combination of abundant, bio-compatible and cheap materials. In this project they strive to make new materials that have the same great properties as nacre, whilst also keeping their production easy and environmentally friendly. For this they use synthetic biology, an engineering branch of the life sciences. By combining genes from different bacteria, they aim to create organisms that can produce these new materials for us.
Joost Dankelman (NL)
Chilling in a box by Joost Dankelman experiments with bacteria and fungi in order to print both 2d and 3d. The printer uses fungi as ink and creates patterns and structures that potentially also could grow into 3d sculptures. The project, still in an experimental phase, anticipates on a future where fashion and architecture will use micro-organisms to create 3d shapes.
The project was created and developed for the Bio Art Laboratories and was first exhibited during the Dutch Design Week 2015 in Eindhoven.
Circumventive organs – Agatha Haines (UK)
Thanks to bio-print technology, the creation of organs has become more realistic than ever. The work of Agatha Haines looks at the design of the human body; Circumventive organs explores the possibilities of printing organs with new functions. By crossing different kinds of cells, new types of organs are created, complete with new features. For Example, by incorporating the functionalities of an electric eel, an artificial heart could fibrillate the heart during a heart attack. Evolutionary lines that have been separated for millions of years can now cross one another in unexpected ways.
Posterus textilus – Tamara Hoogeweegen (NL)
Designer Tamara Hoogewegen is fascinated by the question of what bio-technology could do for wearables and textiles in the future. Among other things, Hoogeveen is researching growing textiles. The project Posterus Textilus uses everyday bacteria from petri dishes to print on textiles. For this project she also developed a collection of personal lab instruments. The unique micro-world is captured on the textile. To share her knowledge about the project in an open-source way, Tamara also published a booklet called ‘ Bacteria Printing for Dummies’ .
Playing Life - Biotalk
Playing Life – Biotalk is a new collaboration between Mediamatic and Transnatural with two evenings of exciting projects using biotechnological tools in art, design and fashion.
The Playing Life exhibition opened on 26 Sept and features a combination of recent developments in biotechnology, interspersed with future concepts and projects that are influenced by craft. Playing Life was exhibited at the Dutch Design Week in October with an extended version of the exhibition. The exhibition runs till 15 April 2016 at Transnatural gallery. Go here for more information.
Playing Life - Biotalk
Friday 11 Dec.
Food at 18.00, talks at 20.00
Tickets: €8,50 (incl. Mediamatic Membership)
Students pay only €5,00. (fill in the discount code 'student')
** We Are Public leden kunnen hun ticket reserveren via firstname.lastname@example.org
De kaarten moeten een uur voor tijd opgehaald zijn.
Mediamatic, Dijkspark 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam