‘Humans are atmospheric beings, particles, dust, in intimate cycles of exchange, actors with an incredible force.’
‘We need to become attuned actors with a deeper understanding of all the other particles.’
Annemarie Piscaer is a researcher in the Biobased Art and Design research group and tutor on the New Design and Attitudes study programme at St. Joost School of Art & Design.
Annemarie completed a bachelor’s degree at the Design Academy Eindhoven and a master’s in Education in Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, where her research project was as a designer I’m an expert I’m an amateur (2017). She lectures regularly at art institutions (including Design Academy Eindhoven and Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam), and was external advisor to amongst others the Creative Industries Fund NL. She has published an article, co-authored with Dr. A. Nigten, titled Colliding systems: formal and real-life learning, 2019.
Annemarie’s design-activist research projects focus on materials, with a love of dust. She is founder of Studio Dust, a participatory research-by-design studio with the principle that everything has value, even dust: from dust to dust. She was also co-founder, with Iris de Kievith, of Lab AIR, a design collective addressing aerial issues. Smogware—tableware coloured with air pollution—was their first project.
As part of Caradt’s Biobased Art and Design group, Annemarie will conduct a research project The Garden as a Living Learning Lab, a Living Sensor. The Garden that Sees, Smells, and Hears.
Photo credits: Roel van Tour
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.Read more
‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’
‘In my work the concept of time is a recurring theme.’
‘It is through the “not-knowing” that a stimulating and caring environment can be created to confidently share vulnerability.’
‘Bacteria, Fungi, Humans, all part of the same experiment.’
‘I’m interested in how we can implement situated learning within design education.’
‘Digital media help me to envision future interactions with living materials’
‘I believe a collaborative and efficient lab can address both educational and research demands.’
‘Exploring and integrating novel perspectives to our everyday through the eyes of fungi.’
‘Nature is a perfect example of an iterative design process. It is inspiring and full of exciting solutions.’