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Date(s) - 26/04/2013 - 01/09/2013
All Day

Espace Fondation EDF

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26 April – 1 September 2013, Espace Fondation EDF, Paris France

(A current exhibition is also available at Central Saint Martins / UAL, London UK)

Curated by Carole Collet, Reader and Deputy Director of the Textile Futures Research Centre at Central Saint Martins, Alive: The Extremes of Design? explores the convergence of design and emerging living technology and the impact of new biological tools such as synthetic biology on design and fabrication for the future.

The exhibition presents an incredible collection of designers and artists who are working in the awe-inspiring emerging area of “design with the living”.

A new breed of designers has begun to reshape our world by re-orchestrating our relationship to nature. Some act as ‘Plagiarists’ mimicking the way nature operates. Others choose to co-design with nature as ‘Bio-Artisans’. Some turn ‘Alchemists’ and collaborate with synthetic biologists to re-programme living organisms. While other designers become ‘Agent Provocateurs’ and explore the ethics and risks of designing with living technology. These designers create and unravel a future hybrid world, where our everyday products and manufacturing tools will be ‘alive’.

EN VIE – ALIVE showcases a range of designers, architects and researchers who are negotiating these new relationships with nature and will showcase living architecture, industrial design, furniture, interaction design, jewellery, textiles, fashion, food design, photography, and film.


Plagiarists: Philip Beesley, CITA, Emile de Visscher, Elaine Ng Yan Ling, Janny E. Sabin

The New Artisans: Marin Sawa, Terreform ONE, Suzanne Lee/Liz Ciokajlo-Squire, Aaron Lampert, Thomas Makryniotis, Phil Ross, Carlos Peralta/Alex Driver/Paolo Bombelli, Tomas Libertiny, EcoLogicStudio, Central Saint Martins College/ENSCI Les Ateliers

The Bio-Hackers: Vincent Fournier, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg/Sascha Pohflepp, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg/James King/iGEM Cambridge Team 2009, Will Carey/Adam Reineck/Reid Williams/Wendell Lim, Terreform ONE/Genspace, Natsai Chieza, Carole Collet, David Benjamin

The New Alchemists: Vincent Fournier, Laura Cinti C-LAB, Christian Kerrigan, Rachel Armstrong, Shamees Aden

The Agents Provocateurs: Laura Cinti C-LAB, Amy Congdon, Troika, Arne Hendriks, Nancy Tilbury/Clive van Heerden/Jack Mama/Bart Hess/Harm Rensink/Peter Gal/Scanner

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