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The CHI conference in New Orleans was a success

Between 30th April and 6th May, researchers Ward Groutars and Clarice Risseeuw were in New Orleans, at the CHI conference.

Ward and Clarice are lead authors of Flavorium: An Exploration of Flavobacteria’s Living Aesthetics for Living Color Interfaces. At the conference, they successfully presented this research paper from the Biobased Art and Design group.

The paper, written in collaboration with Dr. Colin Ingham, Dr. Willemijn Elkhuizen, Radi Hamidjaja and Prof. Dr. Sylvia Pont, was accepted for CHI’s conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in New Orleans, LA. The paper’s primary authorship is shared by Ward Groutars and Clarice Risseeuw. The research project is funded by NWO’s Smart Cultures Programme, and led by Prof. Dr. Elvin Karana.


More about Flavobacteria:


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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‘Nature is a perfect example of an iterative design process. It is inspiring and full of exciting solutions.’

Clarice Risseeuw is a researcher within the Biobased Art and Design research group

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‘Bacteria, Fungi, Humans, all part of the same experiment.’

Ward Groutars is a researcher with the Biobased Art and Design research group. 

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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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