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Conference Presentation – Coloured by Flavo

Professor Elvin Karana from the research group Biobased Artd and Design and Hauke Smidt from Wageningen University will present the project Coloured by Flavoarrow at the NWO Smart Culture Conference on 6 November.

This year’s NWO Smart Culture conference is organised in close cooperation with Beyond Human Festivalarrow. Focus of the Beyond Human Festival is how future technology will impact human life.

Coloured by Flavo

The Coloured by Flavo project receives funding from the Smart Culture – Art and Culture research programme of NWO.

In the project Coloured by flavo: The Art and Science of Structural Colours from Flavobacteria,arrow scientists, artists and designers work together. The project is a collaboration of Caradt with Wageningen University and Utrecht University of Applied Sciences.

The aim of the project is to make new bio-based dyes from bacteria. Because all contemporary dyes are ecologically unsustainable. Students and professionals are invited to create innovative designs with these coloured bacteria.

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Coloured by Flavo

This research is about artists, scientists and bacteria co-developing high-performance colour’ as a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based pigments and dyes.

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‘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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