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Presentation Research Group Biobased Art and Design

Professor Elvin Karana will present the outline and futureplans of the research group Biobased Art and Design on Wednesday 19 June 12:00 – 13:00 at Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.

Karana will talk about Mi (Material Incubator), a research lab in ‘s‑Hertogenbosch and the different approaches and topics regarding experimental (bio)material research. Researchers Emma van der Leest and Ivan Henriques will talk about their recently initiated research with the title: COLOURED BY FLAVO, which is focusing on making color and color surfaces with living organisms; the flavobacteria.


Elvin Karana is leading the research group Biobased Art and Design. Emma van der Leest (designer/initior BluecitlyLab) and Ivan Henriques (artist) are as researchers part of this project.

Research Group

The research group Biobased Art and Design, part of the Avans Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt) is a collaboration of Avans University of Applied Sciences and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. The group will be a platform for practice-oriented art and design research into the understanding and development of biobased raw materials and processes.

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If you are in interested in this topic, join us on 19 June @ Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy, Blaak 10 or Wijnhaven 61 in Rotterdam. Or get more info: caradt@avans.nlarrow

‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’

Elvin Karana is Research Professor of Biobased Art and Design at the Avans and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, leading the research group Materializing Futures at TU/Delft. 

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Research Group: Biobased Art and Design

The research group Biobased Art and Design capitalises on the role of artistic practice in unlocking the unique potentials of living organisms for everyday materials and communicating these to a broader public. In doing so, the group aims to instigate and accelerate our widespread understanding, further development and usage of such materials. The group’s research approach encourages tangible interactions with the living organisms, such as algae, fungi, plants and bacteria, to explore and understand their unique qualities and constraints through diverse technical and creative methods taking artists, designers and scientists as equal and active partners in the material creation.

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