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LIVING ARTEFACTS – Wasabii Ng, Healing with Fungi: Unique aesthetic expressions for mycelium-based materials through patch and mend

Designing with novel biomaterials (including those that are mycelium-based) has become popular as we move towards a ‘bio revolution’. This presentation is an explorative study of a comparatively under-examined application: using fungi in bio-design to ‘heal’ living and non-living mycelium-based materials. Our material-driven explorations use patching and mending to induce unique aesthetic expressions in the healed mycelium-based samples, thus moving toward new process in daily repair practices.

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‘Exploring and integrating novel perspectives to our everyday through the eyes of fungi.’

Wasabii Ng is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, and is a researcher within 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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