William Myers, writer, curator and bio-designer, will talk about the next step beyond biology-inspired approaches to design: incorporating (living) organisms in design. Myers curated the biodesign exhibition in 'Het Nieuwe Insitituut' in Rotterdam. By making use of nature, we can improve the ecological performance of the objects around us. From architecture to advertising, from concrete to clothing, incorporating living organisms into our designs will enhance the function of the materials we create. With music by the Marks Brothers.
In the dark, underground, plants and fungi form complex networks of trade, swapping nutrients and sugars. Both partners ‘play the market’, resulting in a stable, equitable economic system that has persisted for some 470 million years. Toby Kiers, associate professor of Evolutionary Biology at VU University Amsterdam, will show how we can learn from plants and fungi as pioneers of the free market economy. She will introduce us to the most abundant partnership on Earth: the symbiosis between plants and their mycorrhizal fungi. Stop motion artist Niels Hoebers made an accompanying animation about these underground market players.
Entrance with a valid Mediamatic Membership. Your first two drinks will be free. Please register with the VU as well. Location: Mediamatic Fabriek, VOC-kade 10, Oostenburg Amsterdam. Doors open at 19:30, we start at 20:00. Language: English.
This event is the first in a series of events that are part of the project ‘Mediamatic Bio Industry’. For this project Mediamatic has launched a broad techno-cultural lab to explore the possibilities of fungal and other bio-based materials for design, science and art. . Scientist, artists, designers, architects, and the public, will together investigate how to make use of the promising characteristics of mycelium – the plastic of the 21st century. It is also part of the Public Science Program of the VU University: public science events that take place in various locations in the city of Amsterdam. Top scientists from VU University tell their story in close cooperation with artists.
Mediamatic Bio Industry is made possible by the DOEN foundation en the Mondriaan Fund.