Rise and Fall of a Micropolis, 2017.

Rise and Fall of a Micropolis

Faber Futures LAB
2017
Rise and Fall of a Micropolis, 2017.
Rise and Fall of a Micropolis, 2017.
Rise and Fall of a Micropolis, 2017.
Rise and Fall of a Micropolis, 2017.
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As part of Faber Futures’ research to establish unique, craft-oriented methodologies for biofabricating bio-pigments for textiles, we investigated how the length of a fermentation period might influence the process and outcome. In this project, bacteria were cultured with silk textiles for a total of 816 hours (34 days).

The project explores the implications of resource use in prolonged incubation, the aesthetic consequences of this new time frame and the resulting material properties of the substrate. The material artefact produced in the experiment allows us to consider the collaborative performance strategies between the designer and the organism – both the nature and mechanics of the apparent symbiosis between the two.

Collaborators

Professor John Ward, Ward Lab, Synthetic Biology Labs, Biochemical Engineering, University College London

Exhibitions

TRESOR Contemporary Craft Basel (2017)

TED Institute TED@BCG (2017)

When Craft Becomes Modern: The Bauhaus in the Making, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (2017)

Key Talks

TED Global 2017

TED @ BCG 2017

Biofabricate 2017

Maison Zero Symposium 2018

World Biomarkets Summit 2018

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