CaCO3, Botanica and Coleoptera

Biotalk 08 - with Aagje Hoekstra, Thomas Vailly and Laura Lynn Janssen

12 Mar 2015

What are the alternatives for an oil-based mass production era? If we take a closer look at nature there are many qualities in organisms that can be applied to new production methods and material development. Formafantasma does just this, using for instance the excrements of insects (Shellac) to produce 3d printed objects. Or how about Thomas Vailly and Laura Lynn Janssen who grow stoneware, and Aagje Hoekstra who creates new bio plastics from beetle wings? Where do the future of 3d printing, art and bio-materials intersect? Come to this Biotalk to learn more.

Food at 18:30, talks at 20:00. Free for We Are Public Members.


Laura Lynn Jansen and Thomas Vailly speak about CaCO3 At Biotalk - Xiang Yu Yeung


Fascinated by the feel, look and properties of materials studio Formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin) have developed a wide arrange of critical stories and designs. Their work and research is characterized by experimental materials investigations. They explore issues such as the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits. What are the alternatives for an oil-based mass production era? Can you use blood as a resource? Are the beneficial properties of charcoal overlooked?


StudioFormofantasma at Biotalk - Xiang Yu Yeung

Aagje Hoekstra

Aagje is inspired by biomimicry and the rapid advance insects make in human consumption. For that reason, she started cultivate mealworms, to see what positive values insects have more. The mealworms transform into beetles, who die after laying its eggs. She decided to research these beetles and found out that the beetle's shield contains a polymer. Of this polymer she made the 'insectplastic' Coleoptera.


Aagje Hoekstra and Caleoptera; insectplastic - at Biotalk Xiang Yu Yeung

Laura Lynn Jansen and Thomas Vailly

Can you grow stone? Stone is extracted from the earth, carved, cut and assembled to fit a purpose. Technological progress allow mankind to design matter itself but could stone be cultivated or grown into a desired shape? Together with scientists, geologs and craftmen, the cross-disciplinary CaCO3 stoneware design project by Laura and Thomas studied the geological process of petrification in the French region Auvergne, a none active volcanic area. They are now 'growing' stone.


CaCO3 speaking at Biotalk - Xiang Yu Yeung


Biotalk: CaCO3, Botanica and Coleoptera
6 March. Food at 18:30, Talks at 20:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: €8,50 (incl. Mediamatic Membership), Free for We Are Public Members

Students pay only €5,00. Bring your student card and pay at the door. Or buy you ticket online and use the discount code 'student' (note that we will still ask to show your student card at the door!)


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