With Gyungju Chyon with a special guest Aidyn Mouradov (Algal Biologist)
After the digital revolution, a new revolution is on the way, and it is not about digital printing but about growing living tissues and cells. Thanks to the development of biotechnology, bioengineering, and nanotechnology, the revolution is not just about changing methods, but shifting our lives in an entirely different way.
Algae are an aquatic organisms that range from microbes to large seaweed. They are food for many living things in the water, and now have been attracting scientists for their versatile usage in applications ranging from human health to renewable energy. Like land-based plants, during photosynthesis they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Algal biomass can be used as renewable energy. Their micronutrients are good for the health of both humans and our livestock, and can act as antioxidant ingredients for cosmetics.
In this studio, you will be introduced to the emerging paradigm of biodesign and build your own critical view of the use of living matter as materials which examine the ideas of ecology. At the same time, you will explore and experiment with algae as material for one of the four project areas: Bioremediation, Energy, Food & Feed, and Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics. Your projects may be speculative and artistic explorations on the use of algae, or may be focused on solving immediate problems and practical issues such as energy production and health.
The studio will collaborate with an algal biologist Aidyn Mouradov (Associate Professor of Plants and Algal Biotechnology) throughout the semester. He will bring his scientific expertise on algae and participate in studio discussions and critiques.
Making is used as a critical part of thinking and a research method in this studio. You are expected to produce a working prototype by the end of the semester. Therefore, craftsmanship is considered an important and essential quality for the design process in this studio.
To see the BioDesign exhibition at MoMA, visit the following site.
For Gyungju’s practice, visit her little wonder site at www.littlewonder-design.com