How Do You Do Biodesign was an evening for architects, urban designers, product designers, fashion designers, artists and developers of digital technology and media, which illuminated exactly what biodesign means for the field of work and research. How Do You Do Biodesign was co-produced by Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Willem de Kooning Academie.
How Do You Do was a format for exchanging and sharing ideas, expertise and experience. Don’t expect any fancy PowerPoint presentations. Instead, you could hear honest stories about the making of, with lots of information about what works and what doesn’t. The experts joining this biodesign event were artists, biologists, architects and designers who discussed their understanding of subjects such as Biohacking, Design Fiction, Synthetic Biology, Living Material and Hybrid City Ecology. Previous How Do You Do events took place during STRP 2011 and the Creative Media Days 2012 in Ghent.
More background information about How Do You Do Biodesign is available on the Biodesign exhibition page. Biodesign is on show until 26 January 2014 at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Exhibition Design Fiction
One of the topics at How Do You Do Biodesign is Design Fiction. What will the future look like when nobody writes anymore, or when people live on the planet Mars? Students of the Willem de Kooning Academy present future scenario's that glimpse into these possible futures in the exhibition Design Fiction in Het Nieuwe Instituut from 23 January until 2 February.
How Do You Do Biodesign is made possible by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment as part of the Actieagenda architectuur en ruimtelijk ontwerp (AAARO)
Background to How Do You Do Biodesign
At present, little institutionalized knowledge about biodesign is shared with designers and architects. Awareness of the knowledge is confined to synthetic biologists and a few progressive individuals. What’s more, at the urban and neighbourhood levels, people still employ flawed biological metaphors rather than biological material itself or properly understood biological models. Experimentation does take place with biological materials in construction, but these are mainly isolated experiments, the results of which are seldom shared in a way that advances practice in a structural manner. What opportunities and possibilities would present themselves if that were to happen? What do designers need to learn about the subject? And what ethical questions does the subject raise?