___ Playing Life – Biotalk is a new collaboration between Transnatural and Mediamatic with two nights full of exciting projects using biotechnological tools in art, design and fashion.

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 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.

Talks, performance and demo’s by: 
Talks: Teresa van Dongen (NL) / Dominik Schmieden / TU Delft (NL) ,  Joost Dankelman (NL)

Demo’s: Circumventive organs – Agatha Haines (UK) / Posterus textilus – Tamara Hoogeweegen (NL)
Performance and DJ: t.b.a.

Teresa van Dongen developed the installation One Luminous Dot with bioluminescent light in glass tubes caused by fluid that holds a special bacteria obtained from the skin of an octopus.

Dominik Schmieden (TU Delft) presents a new project growing a pearl-like material with bacteria. The artificial nacre that is made has the same great properties as natural nacre (mother of pearl). By combining genes from different bacteria, the aim is to use organisms that produce these new materials.

Joost Dankelman is doing experiments with 2D and 3D printing with living organisms and succeeded to make patterns and objects. This project is produced in collaboration with Bioart Laboratories.


Tamara Hoogewegen is fascinated by the question what bio-technology could do for wearables and textiles in the future. Among other things, Hoogeveen is researching growing textiles.  The work of Agatha Haines looks at the design of the human body; Circumventive organs explores the possibilities of printing organs with new functions.

Location: Mediamatic, Dijkspark 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam
Time 20.00h – 01.00h|
Date: Friday 11 December


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Supported by

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