Material Metamorphosis

Biotalk 19 - with Emilie van Spronsen, Sarah-Linda Forrer and Tetsuro Oike

26 May 2016

The speakers of this Biotalk will make us revalue certain materials in life we take for granted. How come all over the world there are chicken materials in consumer products that we don't know of? And how come we regard bodily waste as waste and not as something of vital importance? Join this edition of Biotalk to hear about re-using chicken waste, purifying waste water and how not to waste your eating experience with a new method of food presentation.

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H5N8 stool, Emilie van Spronsen - All over the world chicken meat is consumed and chicken materials are applied in countless consumer products: From shampoos to car tires, and from fireworks to pillows. However chicken material is used, it remains invisible. The seat of H5N8 Stool is made of coloured chicken feathers embedded in bio-epoxy. It seems to reveal the inside of a pillow, as the chicken feathers float in transparent epoxy. Although the shape looks light and soft, it feels rigid. Picture made by Anna Claire de Breij

Emilie van Spronsen

Emilie graduated in 2015 as an Industrial Design Engineer at TU Delft. She explores the existing interactions between people, products and materials. Her graduation project showed the enormous sacrifice chickens were forced to make in the 'H5N8' bird flu outbreak. After intensive research and material experimentation she designed products from slaughtered bird flu chickens. The results of these experimentations include leather from chicken skin and feet, ceramic from chicken bone ash, and composite materials from feather.


Screen Shot of H5N8 by Emilie van Spronsen - In the recent outbreak of H5N8 bird flu in the Netherlands, over 150.000 chickens were slaughtered. In four chicken holdings bird flu was detected. Although a couple of chickens were infected, entire flocks were gassed and destructed. Project H5N8 was initiated to bring a last homage to the bird flu chicken.

Sarah-Linda Forrer

Sarah-Linda is a material, textile and product designer based in Amsterdam. She developed a collection of sensual eating objects in which she creates a stage for food to be presented on and savoured from. With soft shapes crafted in stoneware and porcelain, that trigger our senses. Neither cutlery nor plates, these tools evoke in us a more intuitive way of eating, giving new values to our food. They transform the act of eating into a moment of full attention, gratefulness and pleasure.


Evoke, a collection of eating tools by Sarah-Linda Forrer - The organic shapes invite us to use the tools in our own, singular way. They become an extension of our hands and fingers, literally bringing us closer to what we eat.

Tetsuro Oike

Tetsuro Oike (Ph.D) is a chemical scientist and CEO of the innovative research and development company FILTOM Inc. which he founded in 2014 with medical engineer Mr. Satoshi Takeshita. They developed a special filtration technology, the PD filtration technology. It is inspired by the bodily functions of the kidney and the aim is to purify waste water and sea water. At the moment they cannot recycle urine ‘but we will break through the tasks and make it,’ they say. FILTOM also targets the cosmetic industry: "As for sterilisation, we think, if possible, skin care products must be manufactured with fresh material, like fresh food, which required little or no sterilisation, and speedy processes".


Portrait of Tetsuro Oike -



Thursday May 16
Food from 18:00, talks at 20:30
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