Design Fellow Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg gave a talk on "The Changing Nature of Things" at the Poptech! conference in October 2011, calling for a new way to think about design in a biotechnology revolution. Video here.
Still from Urpflanze, Melanie Jackson
Exploring Collaborations between Synthetic Biology, Art & Design
When the UK’s new Strategic Plan for UK synthetic biology, Biodesign for the Bioeconomy, was published earlier this month we were pleased that the Synthetic Aesthetics project had been chosen as a case study, but disappointed that the project had been mispresented as setting out to “beautify or better communicate the science”, which was precisely not what we were trying to do.
" Design does not only serve industry and economic growth; good design enables citizens and society and should serve the common good."
The UK's Synthetic Biology Leadership Council (SBLC) has published the new Synthetic Biology Strategic Plan 2016: Biodesign for the Bioeconomy. Further information and online version of the printed report are available here).
Synthetic Aesthetics Residents Christina Agapakis and Sissel Tolaas won an award from UdK, the Universität der Künste, Berlin for their art and science collaboration on human body cheese. Congratulations to our residents for their continuing collaboration!
Sissel Tolaas was a speaker at the World Science Festival in New York in June, discussing her Synthetic Aesthetics collaboration with Christina Agapakis. Sissel says, "Smell is one of those senses where context can play a huge role. A fine cheese and a dirty foot share the same molecular smells, yet one is a delicacy and other is repulsive."
The Biogenic Timestamp is a project researching the links between geological and biological time, combining the unique geology and biology of Western Australia. We are exploring different aspects of material manifestations of temporality and placement using an array of time based artistic practices and new developments in synthetic biology, working with cyanobacterium as a model organism.
A hands-on synbio workshop in 2011
Synthesis is an intensive laboratory-based exchange between artists, synthetic biologists and engineers, collaboratively exploring synthetic biology's ideas and techniques and its social and cultural implications.