This September, I will be taking up the Witt Residency at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!
I am very excited that E. chromi has been nominated for the Designs of the Year award. I am especially pleased that the hard work done by the team is being recognised as well as the speculative imaginings of their two design advisors. The work of these young and talented scientists and engineers may involve materials and process that are for the most part invisible, intangible and, lets not forget, alive but it is indeed design.
The video above has been made with the help of some really wonderful people. Firstly, Cath Elliot at Little Giant Pictures did the animation and editing and so much more, Matthew Irvine Brown made a fantastic soundtrack and Alice Hoult lent her hand to some lovely illustrations.
The exhibition is on until August 7th at the Design Museum.
The exhibition gathers together artworks that show how man is shaping the natural world through genetic modification and horticultural intervention. The Cellularity project is included in the exhibition.
The Hastings Center is a bioethics research institute in the US. Over the course of 2009 and 2010 I have spent a few weeks as a visiting scholar, enjoying the beautiful surroundings, incredible library and conversations with the wonderfully intelligent and generous resident scholars. The Center was kind enough to host a public talk that I gave entitled Designing Synthetic Biology which can be viewed on their FORA.tv channel.