Discover the world of grown materials, learn to grow your own biomaterials with Ali Schachtschneider and Annelie Koller. We will explore the use of bacteria and yeasts to mycelium and cells as the design materials of the future. Participants will learn the processes involved in growing materials and will create material samples to take home.
In this workshop you’ll learn about the exciting work of artists, designers and businesses who are leading the use of biomaterials in design. You’ll be introduced to various methods, protocol and DIY techniques, safe working practices, and the innovative concepts behind the biodesign and the growth of materials. Each participant will be guided in hands on material methods and will create their own samples to grow at home!
Annelie Koller is an architect, artist and design researcher from South Africa, currently living in Brooklyn. Through the lens of biology, material technology and computation, her experimental and research-driven work seeks to develop a new language of design for a posthuman community. She completed her M.Architecture at the University of Pretoria, and MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design. She’s currently a member at Genspace researching biology as a model for 3D printing, including growing biopolymers from mycelium and algae, and considering computational biotechnology as new methods of fabrication. She is also currently a design researcher at the biotech startup, Modern Meadow, and is assisting in the organization of the Biofabricate 2015 conference in New York City.
Ali Schachtschneider is an artist and design researcher working with biology, fashion, and materiality as tools to extend the body, exploring its interaction with the things which surround it, and experiment with a future where body, material and object are blurred. She uses hands on research and speculation to develop alternative living styles. Her work has been exhibited at Columbia University, Biofabricate’s Pop-up Lab, PLAGUEspace Floating Galleries and Parsons the New School for Design. She’s received multiple awards from the Royal Society of Arts U.S. and been featured in various online publications. Currently an artist at Genspace NYC she grows materials and assists with Arts and Culture programming and development, including the Pop-Up Lab at Biofabricate 2014 and Genspace’ event at the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival 2015.
When & Where
The Manufacture Foundation
OUR MISSION IS TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE, INCLUSIVE PROGRAMS THAT ALLOW DIVERSE, UNDER-SERVED URBAN POPULATIONS TO CREATE OR BUILD BUSINESSES IN APPAREL, TEXTILES AND WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY THROUGH WORKFORCE TRAINING, PUBLIC EDUCATION AND INCUBATOR PROGRAMS.