Winnaars Bio Art & Design Award 16 mei bekend

9 mei 2014

Wordt het een woordenboek rond de geheimtaal van planten, een symfonie voor geur en geluid, een tot velociraptor omgebouwde huiskat of een project waarin de 100 triljoen bacteriën in de darmen van een Nederlands hockeymeisje, een Indiase helderziende en een Poolse truckchauffeur centraal staan? Samenwerking tussen Life Sciences, design en kunst is momenteel één van de meest vruchtbare terreinen voor zowel creatieven als wetenschappers. Het is dus spannend welke drie projecten op vrijdag 16 mei de eerste Bio Art & Design Award in de wacht slepen.

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Uit elf teams van internationale kunstenaars/ontwerpers en wetenschappers van Nederlandse kennisinstellingen kiest een internationale jury uit de wereld van wetenschap en kunst op 16 mei de drie winnaars die hun gezamenlijk ontwikkelde plan voor een nieuw project mogen uitvoeren in Nederland. Voor die uitvoering ontvangt ieder winnend team een budget van 25.000 euro. De uiteindelijke presentatie van deze projecten is vanaf 28 november 2014 tot en met eind februari 2015 te zien bij kunstruimte MU op Strijp S in Eindhoven.

De elf kanshebbende teams presenteren hun plannen op 16 mei niet alleen aan de jury maar ook aan de pers. Vanaf 15.30 uur zijn geïnteresseerde journalisten welkom in het gebouw van de Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO), Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 300 in Den Haag.

Daar geven alle teams tussen 16.00 en 17.00 uur een korte pitch van hun plan. Aansluitend maakt juryvoorzitter William Myers de winnaars bekend. Vooraf en aansluitend is ruimte voor interviews met de deelnemers en uiteindelijke winnaars.

De Bio Art & Design Award is een voortzetting van de succesvolle Designers & Artists for Genomics Award (DA4GA) die tussen 2010 en 2013 internationaal naam maakte. Opgezet door het Netherlands Genomics Initiative en Waag Society groeide de prijs uit tot een stimulans voor de snel groeiende groep jonge creatieven die zich in hun werk richten op verkenningen van de nieuwe mogelijkheden die de biotechnologie biedt.

Naast een nieuwe naam heeft de Bio Art & Design Award dit jaar ook nieuwe partners gevonden in de onderzoeksfinanciers NWO en ZonMw, de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), kunstruimte MU en Bio Art Laboratories in Eindhoven.


Shortlist Bio Art & Design Award 2014 [in English]

The Dutch Gut Project Frank Koolen || Guus Roeselers of TNO Microbiology & Systems Biology group
Show me the content of your intestines and I tell you who you are. In the last couple of years research has shown that the 100 trillion bacteria that crawl and swarm in our guts tell a lot about our current and future wellbeing. Without our gut microbiomes (the collective term for the microbes and their genes), we would not be able to digest food, make some essential vitamins, and develop a working immune system. Disturbances in this inner ecosystem are linked to all kinds of diseases like allergies, diabetes, obesity, and even autism. The Dutch Gut Project wants to create awareness and deeper understanding of the endless potential applications of this fascinating research field. At the same time it tries to focus on some ethical and philosophical implications connected to scientific research.

Four Cultures
Špela Petrič || Klaas Timmermans of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, department of Biological Oceanography
The project Four Cultures repurposes Holland's tradition in bio/geo/cultural design to construct habitons (manmade structures as habitats for non-human organisms) on the seam of fresh and saltwater, land and sea. The aim is towards stable ecological sub systems, whose function on the sea rim is as multiplex as the interaction of the 4 cultures involved in their appearance: humans, plants (both seaweed and salt-tolerant land plants), clams and fish. The modular structures anchored in the bay invite the local community to cultivate underwater and surface living landscapes, simultaneously exploring sea agriculture, flood and pollution management as well as the integration of human culture and knowledge into uncolonized and unfamiliar marine systems.

Resurrecting Doppelgängers
Agi Haines || Rob Nelissen of Leiden University Medical Center Biomechanics and Imaging Group, department of Orthopaedics
Bones act as a structural scaffold for skin, flesh, fur and feathers and create the basis for the form of the body. The possibility to alter a living creature in the image of an extinct one may offer us an alternative form of resurrection through the modification of this innermost scaffold. What might this teach us about the past life of these prehistoric creatures as well as the future of commoditising biological materials?

The Natural Code
Gionata Gatto || Robert Hall of Plant Research International Wageningen
The Natural Code is a Plant Vocabulary consisting of two complementary tools: a Plant Volatiles Etymological Dictionary (PVED) and a Plant Message Revealer (PMV). The Plant Volatiles Etymological Dictionary is a collection of plant's 'words', printed into 3D maps via an experimental Gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer -to- 3Dprinter's interface. The PMV, a conceptual 3D scanner of plant's 'words' and meaning viewer, can instead scan 'words', thus allowing the user to visualize the plant's message and hear its frequency.

Physical reading, easing the stress of dyslexics
M. Horbach & A. Ligtenberg || Loe Feijs of Eindhoven University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design, Designed Intelligence Group
This project is meant to generate interest for what our own body could teach us. Together with the Designed Intelligence Group of the TU/e, designers Anne Ligtenberg and Mats Horbach show how stress influences the reading behaviour of the eyes. They explore how we can ease the stress of dyslexics while reading with the use of biofeedback. Anne and Mats visualize their findings by creating art with the reading movement of their eyes influenced by the unconscious processes within us.

Smound Urbanesque [Installation/Symphony for Smell and Sound]
Leanne Wijnsma || Hans Slabbekoorn of the Institute of Biology at Leiden University
What space do we leave for natural smells and sounds in urban environments? Humans hide their smells and manipulate each other with artificial perfumes, while birds are masked by city noise and have to sing louder and higher to attract mates. 'Smound Urbanesque' is a smell and sound symphony for a multi-sensory experience that will reflect and explore manipulative and restrictive effects and will raise awareness about how we mould the sensory world around us.

Growing Food From Toxic Waste
Julia Kaisinger & Katharina Unger || Han Wösten of Microbiology at University Utrecht
Food production has to be revolutionized in the next decades in order to feed the growing human population. Growing food from toxic waste may be one of the solutions. For instance, 280 milllion tonnes of plastics are produced every year. Edible fungi can grow on these plastics and other toxic materials, converting them into edible biomass. This project explores whether this technology could change our paradigm of food through creating a tool to grow fungi on toxic materials at home.

Neural Arc
Margarita de Bruijn & Carlos Sarmiento || Tycho Hoogland of Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN)
We can appraise architecture through visual perception, which recruits neurons in the visual cortex. We want to invert this concept and use brain signals to define architecture. 'Neural Arc' uses data recorded from the human visual cortex as well as a generative design approach to create shapes that can be used in architecture. To enable a bottom-up design approach, various aspects of the brain signals are fed into a particle simulation which will guide an industrial robot to carve a life-size complex column.

The Economics of Evolution: The Perfect Pigeon
Patrick Stevenson-Keating & Isobel Goodacre of Studio PSK || Jan Komdeur of Behavioural Ecology and Self-organization (BESO)/Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies (CEES) at University Groningen
As patents for blockbuster drugs expire, the worlds once most profitable industry is under pressure to reinvent itself. Whilst cybercrime and Intellectual Property theft is costing billions, the Pharmaceutical Industry is facing a drought of big drug breakthroughs and research discoveries. Simultaneously, BioTech is steadily growing in the worlds emerging markets. What happens when the industry's most valuable data goes offline? In a world of DNA piracy and monetized genetic material, 'The Economics of Evolution' explores this uncharted future. One where economic pressures, as much as ecological ones, instigate the end of 'natural selection'.

Circadian Space – A homeorhythmic performance
Helga Schmid || Gijsbertus van der Horst of the Chronobiology & Health Group at Erasmus MC
The project Circadian Space investigates an alternative time system based on the circadian rhythm. In collaboration with chronobiologists and an interior architect, this will involve the construction of a temporary architectural space representing the body clock. In a seven day experiment, six participants will live in the space, pursuing their own independent rhythm, irrespective of today’s temporal organisation. Hours, minutes and seconds recede in importance as the space becomes the clock. The aim of the project is to challenge thought patterns regarding the temporal structure of life, and to stimulate a public discussion on imposed external time versus internal bodily rhythms. The concept will be displayed through an architectural model and accompanying visuals.

The Tea [Made] House: Experiments in Biological Architecture
BioCultura: Andrea Polli & John Donalds || Lawien Zubeir of TU/e Separation Technology
'The Tea [Made] House: Experiments in Biological Architecture' is a speculative teahouse from a near future in which all the functional systems (for example HVAC, water, and waste disposal) could be made out of synthetic biomaterials derived from chemical compounds in plants used in a traditional tea house. This project highlights connections between the natural world and synthetic biomaterials, marrying ancient ideas about the integration of humans and non-humans to the potentials of groundbreaking bioseparation technology and design.

Gezamenlijk persbericht MU, ZonMw, NWO en Waag Society

Bron: NWO