Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration

On August 24, 2018 the Nature Lab at RISD announced the opening of Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration, an exhibition curated in collaboration with William Myers that marks the culmination of our 80th anniversary celebrations. The exhibition runs from Aug 25—Sept 27 and showcases recent examples of design and art that inform our complex relationship with nature and help us decipher how it may evolve in the future.

To launch the exhibition, we hosted a half-day symposium that brought together international artists, designers, scientists and educators for talks, discussions and presentations on topics such as valuing non-human forms of life as collaborators, artistic and scientific modes of inquiry, and ethical considerations in bioart and biodesign practices.

Missed it? Click here to watch a recorded livestream of the symposium.

Woods Gerry Gallery
62 Prospect Street
Providence, RI — 02903

August 25 10:00 am -
September 27 5:00 pm

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Opening remarks by Nature Lab Director, Neal Overstrom

August 24
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Introduction to Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration by William Myers

August 24
1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Artist Presentations

Presentations from participating artists: Jon McCormack (AUS), Kathy High (US), Emma Conley and Jen Bervin (US).

August 24
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm


August 24
2:45 pm - 3:05 pm

Artist Presentations

Presentations from participating artists: Ani Liu (US), Fabienne Felder (SUI), Uli Westphal (GER), and Megan Valanidas (US

August 24
3:05 pm - 4:20 pm

Roundtable Discussion

Urgency of reforming design practice: potential solutions through ethical biodesign applications

August 24
4:20 pm - 4:50 pm


August 24
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Opening Reception of Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration

August 24
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Book signing—Biodesign: Nature + Science + Creativity (MoMA, 2018)

August 24
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Guided tour of the exhibition with curator William Myers

August 24
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Latin-American Collection Exhibition: aka "The Greatest Show on Earth"
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Patterns Inconceivable : the History and Influence of the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab
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Experimental Visualization Platforms
Bee Hotel Workshop
Green Roof Innovation Talk by Scott MacIvor
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Design Science Symposium: STEAM Intelligence
RI EPSCoR Inaugural Research Symposium
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Robert Lang Workshop & Public Lecture
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