___ Playing Life – Biotalk is a new collaboration between Transnatural and Mediamatic with two nights full of exciting projects using biotechnological tools in art, design, fashion and other fields.
The Playing Life – Biotalk nights explore the emerging field of creating and working with living materials as a medium for the development of innovative projects. New experiments in the creation process of objects and materials are leading with talks, performance and demo’s. The Playing Life exhibition
runs till 15 April 2016 at Transnatural workspace.
Talks & Demo's:
Talks by Nina van den Broek , Erst Jan Bos (VUMC) and more to be announced. On display: Re-Sea-Me by Nienke Hoogvliet (incl a workshop Fish Skin tanning) and Canopée (algae prints) by Lia Giraud.
3D bio printing / Erst Jan Bos (M.D. & PHD student VUMC)
Burn injury often leads to severe damage in the facial area. Cartilage is essential for the shape and function of human noses and ears. Once damaged it does not regenerate and adequate donorsites for reconstruction, such as autologous rib cartilage are limited. Ersnt Jan Bos and his research team focuse on tissue engineering of cartilage to overcome these limitations. Together with a multidisciplinary team of Surgeons, Researchers and Engineers they try to create a feasible method to engineer new ear and nose cartilage.
The complex 3D shape of the ear and the unique anatomical features per patient, make personalized ear scaffolds with conventional techniques a very laborious process. 3D bio-printing not only offers unique opportunities to combine cells and different biomaterials in a very precise and repeatable manner but also offers the possibility to time and cost effectively individualize implants.
If we want to make the step to the clinic, this is an essential feature. When we further master our knowledge of the optimal combinations of cells, materials and design, 3D bio-printing could prove to be a key factor in personalized regenerative medicine.
Ivorish / Nina van den Broek (NL)
The ultimate project goal of Ivorish is to synthetically ‘grow’ ivory. Ivorish is ivory made from human or animal tooth waste material. The designer/researcher Nina van den Broek is interested in the aesthetic and material properties as an alternative material and as replacement for elephant ivory business.
Canopée (algae prints) / Lia Giraud (FRA)
Lia Giraud, a paris-based artist and researcher has managed to culture microscopic algae into living portraits and detailed landscapes. The ‘algae-graphs’ are produced by sensitive micro-organisms capable of capturing and retaining properties in light, which naturally ‘develop’ pictures using a technique similar to photography. The silver grains traditionally used in film are replaced by micro algae, a photosensitive organism.
Re-Sea-Me / Nienke Hoogvliet (NL)
With her work Nienke tries to raise awareness for issues such as natural materials and sustainable production processes. For the project SEA ME she looked into seaweed as the yarn of the future textile industry. Her latest project is a continuation on SEA ME concerning a waste product of the fishing industry: fish skin. The fish skin from salmons is transformed into a leather fabric. It is possbile to join the workshop RE-SEA ME too (tanning fish skin)
during the morning at 10.00h and daytime at 14.00h. (location tba).
Playing Life exhibition at Transnatural Gallery
The Playing Life exhibition
opened on 26 Sept and features a combination of recent developments in biotechnology, interspersed with future concepts and projects that are influenced by craft. Playing Life was exhibited at the Dutch Design Week in October with an extended version of the exhibition. The exhibition runs till 15 April 2016 at Transnatural workspace
Location: Mediamatic, Dijkspark 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam
Time 20.00h – 01.00h|
Date: Friday 18 March
Creative Industy fund
, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst
, Hybrid House Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds