San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on Thursdays, December 6,13,20
Please join us for our first beer making, bioart and design history course taught by author William Myers. Artists and designers have always looked to nature for inspiration and materials. Now, however, they can alter and incorporate living organisms into their work. This startling development at the intersection of creativity and science has opened new aesthetic possibilities and forces us to rethink the meaning of ecology, both found and created. Subjects will span from Art Nouveau in the 19th century to current work in field of synthetic biology.
For the hands-on portion, students will learn the basics of beer and mead making —the first arts of microbial manipulation, and imbibe a selection of samples. As an experiment, students will also create their own living sculptures with Physarum (otherwise known as slime mold). See Heather Barnett’s work for inspiration.
Material and research for this course will draw on the new publication BioDesign: Nature + Technology + Creativity by William Myers, published by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2012. See more details here: www.biology-design.com
William Myers teaches and writes about the history of architecture and design. His book BioDesign was published in 2012 by Thames & Hudson in London and by The Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has written for Domus, Metropolis magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper, New York Magazine, Next American City magazine and Pentagram Partners. He is a graduate of the MFA program in design criticism at the School of Visual Arts.
When & Where
Genspace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting culture, innovation and education in molecular biology for both children and adults. We work inside and outside of traditional settings, providing a safe, supportive environment for training and mentoring in biotechnology. In the summer of 2010, we built the first-ever community laboratory, a facility where we design workshops, train students and innovate new technologies. As a membership-based community lab, we offer New Yorkers the opportunity to work on their own projects in a safe, Biosafety level 1 facility.