___ 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: Tjeerd Veenhoven (Global Change Award winner) , Erst Jan Bos (VUMC) and Nienke Hoogvliet. On display: Re-Sea-Me by Nienke Hoogvliet (incl a workshop Fish Skin tanning) and Canopée (algae prints)  by Lia Giraud.

Tissue engineering / Erst Jan Bos (M.D. & PHD student VUMC)
Cartilage (softer than bone) is essential for the shape and function of the human nose and ears. Once damaged it does not regenerate and adequate donor sites for reconstruction are limited. That is why Ernst Jan Bos (M.D. & PHD student) and a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, researchers and engineers at VUmc are now trying to create feasible methods for engineering new ear and nose cartilage. They do so with the help of a 3D-printer which 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.

Algae textiles / Tjeerd Veenhoven (NL)
Tjeerd Veenhoven recently won the Global Change Award with a new project that uses algae for renewable textiles.


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.

10:00 – 12:00 Workshop Re-Sea Me – Studio Nienke Hoogvliet
13:00 – 16:00 Meet Agi Haines
16:00 – 18:00 Workshop Re-Sea Me – Nienke Hoogvliet
18:00 – 22:00 Mini Exhibition – Lia Giraud + Nienke Hoogvliet
20:00 – 22:00 Talks – Ernst Jan Bos, VUmc Amsterdam, Tjeerd Veenhoven, Nienke Hoogvliet

Date: Friday 18 March
Location: Mediamatic, Dijkspark 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam


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Supported by
Creative Industy fundAmsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst,VSBfonds, Hybrid House Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds