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Lectures in 2017 | In this edition, we continue to explore to what extent nature can be altered, bent, or hacked by the interference of designers and artists. How do they facilitate the visualisation of transformations and complex processes in our natural systems?

Six designers/researchers reflect on how these evolutions lead to fundamental shifts on our Anthropocene planet and beyond.

Angelo Vermeulen (BE) | 25 October 2017

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Angelo Vermeulen is a space systems researcher, biologist, community artist, and TED Senior Fellow. In 2009 he initiated SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design), an international transdisciplinary network of artists, scientists, engineers and activists. Its goal is to reshape the future through critical inquiry and hands-on experimentation. Biomodd and Seeker are the two most well-known SEAD projects. In 2013 Vermeulen was Crew Commander of the NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars mission simulation in Hawai’i. Currently he is in the final stage of his PhD studies at TU Delft creating bio-inspired concepts for interstellar travel.

www.angelovermeulen.net

Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa (MX) | 25 October 2017

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Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa is a researcher and designer based in the UK with a background in architecture and digital technologies. She is convinced that working with living systems amounts to a potential transfiguration of contemporary concepts of design. Her work combines material explorations and interventions to interrogate the possibilities at the intersection of living systems and design, and aims to develop non-deterministic approaches that engage with the non-human on an equal footing. Carolina has collaborated with a number of artists, designers and scientists, and has exhibited and participated in different art and design venues in Helsinki, Edinburgh, Canada, US and more recently at the CLICK festival at Helsingør, Denmark.

Carolina has been recently awarded a PhD in Design and Synthetic Biology, and is currently working at the Bartlett, University College London, on a project that looks at fighting antimicrobial resistance by integrating beneficial microbes into buildings to encourage health benefits.

www.syntheticmorphologies.com

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Daisy Ginsberg (UK) | 29 November 2017

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Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist, designer, and writer. Her work, which explores synthetic biology, has been nominated twice for Designs of the Year awards by London’s Design Museum, and has been exhibited at MOMA, the National Museum of China, and elsewhere. She is the lead author of “Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature,” and is completing her Ph.D. at London’s Royal College of Art, focussing on the promise of “better.” She received the London Design Medal for Emerging Talent in 2012, and won the World Technology Award for design in 2011.

www.daisyginsberg.com

Špela Petrič (SI) | 29 November 2017

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Špela Petrič lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her artistic practice combines natural sciences, new media and performance. She is interested in all aspects of anthropocentrism; the reconstruction and reappropriation of scientific methodology in the context of cultural phenomena; living systems in connection to inanimate systems manifesting life-like properties; and terrabiology, an ontological view of the evolution and terraformative process on Earth. While working towards an egalitarian and critical discourse between the professional and public spheres, she tries to envision artistic experiments that produce questions relevant to anthropology, psychology, and philosophy. She extends her artistic research with art/sci workshops devoted to informing and sensitising the interested public, particularly younger generations. She is a member of Hackteria.

www.spelapetric.org

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Iohanna Nicenboim (DE) | 12 December 2017

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Iohanna Nicenboim is a designer and researcher at the TUDelft, focused on designing connected interactions in emerging data ecosystems. Her practice often shows a provocative approach towards technology, and the way it relates to society. Her design work was presented at festivals like Fiber, FutureEverything and Transmediale, and received the 2015 Internet of Things Award for the best Design Fiction project.

www.iohanna.com

AnneMarie Maes (BE) | 12 December 2017

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AnneMarie Maes is an artist and a researcher. Her art meanders on the edge of biology, ecology and technology. Her research practice combines art and science with a strong interest for DIY technologies. She works with a range of biological, digital and traditional media, including live organisms.
Her artistic research is materialised in techno-organic objects that are inspired by factual/fictional stories; in artifacts that are a combination of digital fabrication and craftsmanship; in installations that reflect both the problem and the (possible) solution, in multispecies collaborations, in polymorphic forms and models created by eco-data. In her Laboratory for Form and Matter she studies the processes by which Nature creates form.
AnneMarie Maes is a founding artist and director of several non-profit art collectives as Looking Glass, So-on and Okno.
www.annemariemaes.net