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Postponed: Symposium, exhibition and inauguration address Elvin Karana

What if our everyday artefacts were alive – could sense, grow, adapt and eventually die? How would we work, live and cohabit with them? Join us to converse with and about living artefacts during the symposium, exhibition and inauguration address of Elvin Karana entitled STILL ALIVEarrow. Due to the extraordinary circumstances around the coronavirus, we are obliged to postpone the event. There is no clarity yet about new dates.

From algae to bacteria, we will discuss what ‘living organisms’ might offer the everyday world and how design can facilitate the symbiosis with them. As such living artefacts acquire new agency and interactional possibilities, questions like how we keep them alive, how we live with them, how we communicate their potentials to a broader audience, what opportunities they might offer for society and the environment in general, become critical. The STILL ALIVEarrow event will touch upon these critical questions with renowned invited speakers and panellists from art, design and science.

| Inaugural address by Elvin Karana (Chair of Biobased Art and Design, Caradt) and opening of the exhibition
| Symposium with three panel sessions with renowned invited speakers


Entrance is free, but all attending are kindly asked to register as places are limited.

Still Alive 2020

Het Nieuwe Instituutarrow
Museumpark 25
3015CB Rotterdam

Find more information about the programme and the event on the websitearrow or follow the Instagramarrow page.

Still Alive is organized by Caradt, Avans University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with TU Delft and Willem de Kooning Academy.


Due to the extraordinary circumstances around the coronavirus, we are obliged to postpone the STILL ALIVE event. A new date for STILL ALIVE is not yet settled. As soon as we gain more clarity on the corona situation, we will communicate the new dates.

‘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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