BIOLAB Conference

Hour: 6 p.m.
Place: Online

On Monday 15th of March at 6 pm, Elisava Research and Hangar host the BIOLAB CONFERENCE, a presentation organized in the Framework of Elisava's BioLab Week and the Master in Design through New Materials, and organized in collaboration with Biofriction, a project financed by the Creative Europe project and led by Hangar.

Maria Boto (The Colour Biolab, UGhent), Juan Crespo (Elisava Research BioLab) and Laura Benítez (Biofriction Hangar) will address topics such as: ‘Ecology of colour. A research journey from nature to materiality’, ‘Growing Engineering & Design (and thus, bio)’, and ‘Bio-disruptions. On scale, care(s) and interdependence’. There will be a final debate hosted by Laura Clèries from Elisava Research.

The event will be in streaming format broadcasted from Hangar premises.


18.00h - 18.25h. Maria Boto, researcher at KASK- School of Arts, University College Ghent. Ecology of colour. A research journey from nature to materiality.

In living beings, colours come from pigments and structures. The research “Ecology of colour" aims to become a bridge between nature and design by dissecting the bases of colour generation and translating them into an applicable and sustainable material.

18.25h – 18.50h. Juan Crespo, PhD, Dr. Juan Crespo. Research Leader of Engineering, Design & Living Systems at ELISAVA Research BIOLAB. Growing Engineering & Design (and thus, bio).

Can we grow a machine? Well, the answer surely depends on what we consider a machine. Can we grow materials? Materials are naturally grown in nature, without machining. Thus, an innovative approach is the implementation of these natural growing techniques into our manufactures. Many designers are now growing their own materials, transforming their workspaces into biological labs. This transformation, turning “extracting from nature” for “growing with nature”, is the challenge engineering & design is going to face this decade.

18.50h-19.15h. Laura Benitez, PhD, Partner leader of Biofriction. Bio-disruptions. On scale, care(s) and interdependence.

Experimentation with biomaterials not only allows us to develop new lines of research or implementations in the field of design, but it also places us in front of non-human scales. Bio-agents that become hegemony disruptors, challenging us to other relationships based on care and interdependence.

19.15h-19.40h. Discussion panel. Moderator: Laura Clèries, PhD. Head of Elisava Research.


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