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Why do humans live with living things?

Research Group: Biobased Art and Design

This research project looks at the current existing research on why humans live with living things. For example, why do we live with animals and plants? 

Sociology and psychology describe several theories and models that show how new habits, like taking care of a new living thing, can be developed. How can this existing information be used to make living artefacts a more familiar product and the care for these products a normal thing to do?

This gathered knowledge will be combined into a paper that explains why humans live with living things and feel attracted to things that resemble nature. In the discussion I will touch upon the subject of how this existing information could be used to make living artefacts a more familiar product and the care for these products a normal thing to do.

Ongoing research, started in September 2019. 

Other researchers involved
Roya Aghighi (TU Delft) 

Principle investigator
Elvin Karana 

Avans University of Applied Sciences 

‘The ultimate goal is to provide people with the information, skills and tools that enable them to improve the quality of their daily lives.’

Simone van den Broek is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group, and a tutor for the Communication & Multimedia Design programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch. 

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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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