As our ability to design biologies advances, so does the role of the designer in these living systems. This exhibition explores the potential applications of synthetic neurobiology to natural systems - speculating on the ways in which such technologies could manifest, and using design to open wider conversations surrounding authorship, ownership and ethics.
Synthetic neurons are best applied as sensors, and a biological
interface between us and the plant kingdom. They are uniquely capable of being biocompatible, biodegradable, self-repairing and adaptable. Our grove of futuristic plants include pollutant-sensing sea sponges to detect xenobiotic particles, UV-radiation detecting algae, and a communications interface that translate plant turgor movement, subsonic vibrations and plant hydraulics into an understandable visual language. In our exhibition, we’ll include physical prototypes of these species, visuals of how they work, ethical considerations of using organic biomaterial as a design material, and a narrative following illustrated “what ifs” of a world where plants
and neurons become hybrid.
PROJECT COMPLETED WITH KATE STRUDWICK, ANDREW EDWARDS, PIERRO D'ANGELO, DAVIN BROWNER CONATY.