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Envie/Alive

1st May 2013

Sadly I am not visiting Paris in the coming months and was unable to attend the private view last week, but I have been assured that the exhibition Envie/Alive that opened last week in Paris curated by Carole Collet is fantastic.

Interestingly most of the work is not new to me or those who work in this field, but it is for the first time that it is all under one roof.

Tackling such difficult subjects surrounding synthetic biology the exhibition showcases designers and artists who are exploring the bioengineered world.

Presenting a new design landscape with a glimpse to our synthetic future and a new ecological consideration the exhibition groups them under 5 headings

1/ The Plagiarists: (Nature as a model) those who look to nature to engineer man made and digital solutions.

2/ The New Artisans: (Nature as a co-worker) - those designers who are collaborating with nature to craft future consumer goods

3/ The Bio-Hackers: (Reprogrammed, ‘synthetic’ nature) designers working with synthetic biologists and who are engineering living organisms for a possible hybrid future

4/ The New Alchemists: (Hybridised nature) combining biological and chemical (non living) technology these designers merge robotics, chemistry and biology

5/ The Agents Provocateurs: (Conceptualised and imagined nature.)
Pushing the boundaries to the extreme these designers explore the ethics around living technology as well as high-tech sustainability.

Alongside the exhibition ‘En Vie-Alive’ is hosting 4 designers and architects who are already working with synthetic biology or tissue engineering and has them set up in a lab style scenario showing the new tool kit for designers of the future - DNA and bacteria.

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