My first thought when I got an invite to follow this seminar was ‘What on earth does this have to do with design?’. The answer is: a lot!

One of the speakers at the event, ‘Loop.pH’, showed pictures of one of their projects. It looked familiar to me. It turned out they were the ones exhibiting The Horticultural Spa during the London Design Festival at the Old Selfridges Hotel where Tom Dixon and Wallpaper presented Multiplex, an immersive, multi-sensory department store of the future. Now I just found out that the skin care brand Haeckles from Margate, which I visited, worked together with the Horticultural Spa to showcase their brand.

(see picture The Horticultural Spa at LDF; and Haeckles at Margate)

The speakers at the lecture were:

SymbioticA- They talked about the Tissue Culture and Art Project. This project is an on-going research and development project into the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression. They are investigating our relationships with the different gradients of life through the construction/growth of a new class of object/being – that of the Semi-Living.

Synthace – They talked about engineering biology for health, food, and material abundance with Antha. Antha is a high-level language for biology, making it easy to rapidly compose reproducible work flows using individually testable and reusable Antha Elements.

Anna Dumitria – She talked about her artwork which is Bio-art and Bacteria. She is a British artist who explores our relationship to the microbial world, biomedicine and technology.

Loop.pH – Loop.pH is a spatial laboratory interfacing architecture and life science. They are creating visionary experience and environments.