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LIVING ARTEFACTS – Sarah Lugthart & Hazal Ertürkan, Speculative Storytelling with Living Materials

This presentation gives an account of ‘Miraculous Futures for Living Materials’, a workshop organized by Lugthart and Ertürkan. The workshop built on the ‘Miraculous Futures’ card deck, a tool for developing speculative stories that was developed by Klasien van de Zandschulp and Ashley Baccus-Clark. A special edition of this card deck, focusing on working with living materials, was created.

The workshop aimed to broaden the perspective of (bio)designers who work with living materials. It also brought together different practices and insights with the intention of collaborating on innovative concepts. This presentation shares some of the outcomes of the workshop, and reflects on what the workshop meant for Lugthart’s and Ertürkan’s research. Ertürkan focuses on the use of certain vocabulary in working with living materials (as translated in the card deck), and Lugthart focuses on the impact of using (speculative) storytelling strategies in a laboratory context.

This workshop was part of the SIA GoCi Matchmaking programme and was financially supported by SIA.

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‘I’m interested in how we can implement situated learning within design education.’

Sarah Lugthart develops ethnographic methods to study immersive XR experiences and explores storytelling as a joint future-creation tool at Caradt. As a PhD candidate at the University of Porto, she blends theory and practice in immersive learning, contributing significantly to digital media and education.

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‘I am eager to explore how unique qualities of ‘living materials’ can transform the way we think, feel and act.’

Hazal Ertürkan is a researcher within the Caradt research group Biobased Art and Design. She also works as a design researcher and material designer at Delft University of Technology. Her current PhD project is collaboration between TU Delft and Avans Caradt.

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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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