From Inspiration to Integration
An exhibition curated by William Myers and the RISD Nature Lab, this show features the following works:
Mycelium architecture, made in collaboration with Ecovative and 3M.
Zoa™ Biofabricated Materials —Modern Meadow
Leather grown using yeasts that secrete collagen, and grown completely without animal derivatives.
The Indoor Microbiome—Biology and the Built Environment Center (BioBE Center)
The BioBE conducts research into the built environment microbiome, mapping the indoor microbiome, with an eye towards pro-biotic architecture.
The Cultivar Series (Zea Mays I)—Uli Westphal
A newly commissioned corn study, this project highlights the diversity of cultivars grown before the age of industrial monocultures.
The Cultivar Series (Lycopersicum III, Capsicum I, Phaseolus vulgaris I)—Uli Westphal
These studies highlight the spectacular variety among fruits, roots, and vegetables that result from mutations and polymorphism.
Suide Soda—Uli Westphal
This new project critically examines a product made from over half of all the corn grown for human consumption in the US: high fructose corn syrup, which is widely used in food and drink products such as soda.
Interwoven and Harvest—Exercises in Root System Domestication—Diana Scherer
Artist coaxes root systems plant root systems into patterns.
Fifty Sisters Morphogenesis Series—Jon McCormack
Artist algorithmically generates images that mimic evolutionary growth, but tweaks them to include aesthetics of the logos of global petroleum producing corporations.
Organs-on-Chips—Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Wyss Institute creates microchips that recapitulate the functions of living human organs, offering a potential alternative to animal testing.
AgroDerivatives: Permutations on Generative Citizenship—Mae-Ling Lokko
This project proposes labor, production criteria and circulation of capital within agrowaste/bioadhesive upcycling ecosystems.
New Experiments in Mycelium—Ecovative
Ecovative makes prototypes of mycelium items such as insulation, soundproofing tiles, surfboards, lampshades.
Bistro in Vitro—Next Nature Network
Installation with speculative future foods samples. The installation will include video screens and a cookbook on a table display.
bactoyou—Yuxin Cheng, Arian Ghousi, Juliette Van Haren, Ignacio Garnham Brandes
This project proposes a microbial time machine that empowers us to collect, sequence, explore, and back-up our previous, personal microbial states.
Beyond 100%—Tung Lin, Jaeky Cheong, Siho Chang
This design project proposes a future in which humans are genetically modified to acquire, manage, and share nutrition.
Burial Globes: Rat Models—Kathy High
This project presents glass globes that hold the ashes of the five HLA-B27 transgenic rats, each one named and remembered: Echo, Flowers, Tara, Matilda, Star.
To Flavour Our Tears—Center for Genomic Gastronomy
Set up as an experimental restaurant, this project places humans back into the foodchain — investigating the human body as a food source for other species.
Blood Related—Basse Stittgen
A series of compressed blood objects—inspired by Hemacite objects made from blood/sawdust compressed in a process invented in the late 19th century—highlights bloodwaste in the slaughterhouse industry.
Silk Poems—Jen Bervin
A poem made from a six-character chain represents the DNA structure of silk, it refers to the silkworm's con-structure of a cocoon, and addresses the ability of silk to be used as a bio sensor, implanted under people's skin.
Zoe—A Living Sea Sculpture—Colleen Flanigan
Zoe is an underwater structure, part of coral restoration research, that regenerates corals in areas highly impacted by hurricanes, human activity and pollution.
Aquatic Life Forms No. 2—Mikhail Mansion
Computationally generated lifeforms animated using motion-based data captured from Arelia aurita.
Algae Powered Thermometer—Fabienne Felder and Waldemar Matuska
By turning electrons produced during photosynthesis and bacterial digestion into electricity, algae will be used to power a small digital clock.
A Place for Plastics—Bioplastics, Bacteria, and Our Thoughtless Acts—Megan Valanidas
This designer presents a new process of making bioplastics that are bio-based, biodegradable AND compostable
The Materiality for Potential Consciousness & Holding Back is Another Kind of Need—Ani Liu
In the first project, the artist investigates how evolving technologies can alter people's notion of their identity and in the second, responds to recent neuroscience research that shows a correlation between olfactory stimuli and behavioral responses.
Pink Chicken Project—(Non)human (Non)sense/ Leo Fidjeland & Linnea Våglund
By changing the color of chickens to pink, this project rejects the current violence
inflicted upon the non-human world and poses questions of
the impact and power of synthetic biology.