In the future we might grow objects rather than make them. Designer Hongjie Yang investigates design implications of tissue engineering, a current strand in biotechnology that enables us to grow human tissue outside the human body. Hongjie experiments with growing objects of human tissue exploring new aesthetic and perceptual possibilities. Will the social coded distinctions between man and objects collapse?
Caroline de Roy
Two years ago Caroline joined the Myco Design Lab, a collaborative research project by the University of Utrecht, Officinal Corpuscoli and Mediamatic. Goal was finding new applications for the fungi Schyzophyllum. Fascinated by transparant materials such as glass and liquid, Caroline started looking for the transparent quality of mycelium (the roots of mushrooms) and if she could grow that. Her research has some amazing results, however, because she is working with a mutant, her work is not allowed to leave the lab unless the material is dead!
Nina van Bart
Nina van Bart is a designer and artist, graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Man & Identity department. Nina creates surrealistic atmospheres and unknown identities and make them become real, stimulate the senses and give experience and inspiration. For example in her graduation film project, the alchemist, she imagines the future of beauty. Nina predicts the bathroom will become a laboratory, with people engineering products by creating drifting mists, nutrient membranes and solidified balms.
20th of January
Food from 18:00, talks begin at 20:00
Ticket: Pre-sale: €7,50 / Door: €10,-/ Student €5,00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam