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NWO application for Coloured by Flavo research project was granted

The Coloured by Flavo project of the Biobased Art and Design Professorship receives funding from NWO’s Smart Culture – Art and Culture research program.

In the project Coloured by flavo: The Art and Science of Structural Colours from Flavobacteria, scientists, artists and designers are working together in new ways. The NWO application was submitted under the direction of Wageningen University (WUR) and in collaboration with Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. Only 7 out of 21 applications were honored.

The goal is to make new biobased dyes from bacteria. Because all contemporary dyes are ecologically unsustainable. Students and professionals are invited to create innovative designs with these colored bacteria.

The program Smart Culture – Art and Culture is a joint initiative of NWO Social Sciences and Humanities and the National Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek SIA.

‘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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