Special Topics in Design | Media Arts: Biotechnology and Design

Bio-designers use cells, DNA molecules, proteins, and living tissues to highlight ethical, social, and aesthetic issues that influence contemporary life. Introduction to how bio-design blurs distinctions between science and design through combination of design and scientific processes, creating wide public debate. Introduction to new sciences that influence food we eat, clothes we wear, and environment in which we reside. Students challenged to think outside the box, explore divergent and convergent thinking, and seek out knowledge and inspiration from ideas that drive nano- and bio-technology. Peer collaboration encouraged to develop speculative design projects that address issues covered.
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Please contact Prof. Victoria Vesna if you are interested in joining this class.


connections over the past three weeks

in thinking about plastics...

they're used to wrap and package bread

which is made of water and flour (and etc)

water that's central to our environment

and used in recipes for sustainable materials like mycelium

organic materials like this require time to cultivate

if we're ok with plastics lasting thousands of years

we need to have the patience to create a more sustainable environment



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