Class in three sessions: Saturday, December 3rd from 3:00pm - 7:00pm, Saturday, December 10th from 3:00pm - 7:00pm, and Saturday, December 17th from 3:00pm - 7:00pm.
Imagine a world where our stuff—our buildings, clothes, art—was grown rather than made. Biomaterials grown by microbes may be the next frontier in sustainability. In this course you’ll learn how to grow your own materials, including leather and plastic from microbes and mycelia. You’ll learn how to create 3D bacterial black-light art, sculpt with mushrooms, and print with plants.
Join us for a unique three-part course taught by instructors at the NATLAB on how to make and manipulate your own biomaterials. In the first class you’ll learn how to cast structures with microbial mats, and master the art of fluorescent bacteria. In the second class, you’ll learn everything you need to know about making forms from mushrooms. And in the third class, you’ll learn some of the skills of plant manipulation.
Tarah Rhoda manages the SVA BioArt lab (NATLAB), researching live materials and exploring the intersection of art, science, and technology. Her work investigates the landscapes, weather, and systems inside the body. Her group’s research project testing nutrients in soil won the 2015 iGEM Art & Design track. She currently researches the remarkable relationship between chlorophyll and hemoglobin. Tarah received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts.
Sebastian Cocioba is CEO & Founderat New York Botanics, LLC, an ornamental plant genetic engineering start-up located in New York City. He is also an independent researcher for the education-oriented biotech non-profit, Binomica Labs. His research focuses on the nutritional requirements of life and the metabolic basis of speciation as well as the development of open source hardware for use in both formal and amateur molecular biology settings. Read more about Sebastian's work in The Wall Street Journal.