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ECHO DUBAI is the region’s first multi-sensory festival where Art Design Technology Event intersects to provide a platform for local and international businesses, brands and minds to connect and collaborate. This year’s edition has launched in Dubai, under the theme, “Interacting with the future”. The first of its kind in the Middle East, a forward-thinking event, ECHO Dubai – art, design, and technology the festival focuses on advanced technologies through artistic forms as well as a variety of sound, visual and digital mediums, installations and performances. The 3-day Festival will include an expo showcasing immersive installations by local and international exhibitors, a conference to exchange knowledge and generate new ideas within the industry; workshops across a range of artistic and creative disciplines hosted by international experts, and a sound festival that combines leading musical talent with audio-visual technology, to offer a truly immersive experience.
Co-panelist: Alison Irvine - Biodesign Challenge Daniel Grushkin - Biodesign Challenge, Genespace
Dubai Design District,
Auditorium 7,

Date and time:
15 Dec 2017
10.30 am - 4 pm
DEMO - ADI 2017
Tina Gorjanc believes that designers have a responsibility to advance and contribute in fields such as materials, methods, products, sustainability, systems, ethics ... She is passionate about displaying a critical approach to design based on in-depth research on developments and events present in our society. Her view of the future is that technology will be absolutely linked to biology, so she feels fascinated by biotechnology, especially smaller biological materials such as DNA or genes. Born in Slovenia, currently, lives in London where she completed her studies at Central Saint Martins.
The talk will focus on the presenting two separate view of the project: on one side the possible implementation of biotechnological processes into the luxury market as well as the material and sustainable aspect of her project - and on the other it will showcase the loopholes that are forming in the legislation that is protecting our bodily materials as new intersections of practice are emerging.

EINA, University School of Design and Arts Barcelona

EINA Espai, Barra de Ferro, Barcelona, Spain

Date and time:
17 May 2017
6 - 8.30 pm
Project presentation and Panel discussion
What does it mean to create sustainable textiles in 2017?
Just Got Made has invited two innovative fabric printers and two designers to talk about their current work and projects, including swimwear made from 100% recycled polyamides, pre-industrial indigo dying techniques, the principles of slow-made fashion and human-made leathers.
The panel discussion tackles the need to do better as an industry and how can individuals apply fresh ideas and perspectives to our own businesses.

Nick Morley
James Edmondson
Liza Mackenzie

Makerversity, Somerset House, Victoria Embankment, London

Date and time:
15 February 2017
9.30 - 11.15 am
Growing biological materials
The panel discussion aims to address questions such:
Why as artists/designers/scientists are we so fascinated in working/exploring/expanding/critiquing the possibilities for materials incorporating life, such as DNA, or living/bacterial/biological matter and information?
If our material/subject/co-agent is/are alive, what duties of care do we have towards it?
What ownership do we as humans or ‘designers’ have over matter?
Do we or should we have any ownership over vital matter?
Does this change/should it change our relationship and responsibilities towards biological and genetic materials and information?
What is the future and is it bacterial / biological / alive?
How do these living systems nurture both themselves and future generations, and how can they be affected by human design and biological engineering?

Prof. Oron Catts
Natsai Audrey Chieza
Dr Darren Nesbeth
Dr Simon Park

Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London

Date and time:
12 December 2016
18 - 19.30 pm
What rights to our genetic information?
The panel discussion aims to explore some of the issues raised by the work of Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Tina Gorjanc and other researchers. The reduced costs and efficiencies associated with biotech tools like CRISPR/CAS9 now make the field of synthetic biology accessible to ever greater numbers of people. It also fuels design speculation around potential consumer applications that now questions what is possible/desireable/ethical once anyone, anywhere, without much (if any) oversight can read and write with DNA to create materials. How do we create an ethical and regulatory framework that keeps pace with innovation? What are your rights to own your individual DNA?
Designer Heather Dewey-Hagborg
Attorney Franklin S. Abrams
Dr. Megan Palmer

Parsons School of Design, 5th Avenue, New York

Date and time:
17 November 2016
12.30 - 2 pm

Post-resource economy
The design world is already starting to adapt to a future of depleting resources, using advances in biotechnology and genetic engineering to create new materials. This shift, which we call ‘Whole-system Thinking’, demands radical rethinking of the material culture and existing aesthetic codes of luxury. The Future Laboratory is exploring the scenario of a post-resource world, where the traditional materials that we have come to know are extinct, and replaced with hybridized, engineered resources to provide long-term environmental solutions.

Organisators: The Future Laboratory
Co-panelist: Seetal Solanki

Exhibition Room, The Goldsmith Centre, 42 Britton Street, London

Date and time:
22 September 2016
6 - 8.30 pm

Future Bodies
Joao Gil welcomes you to the Internet of Bodies with his Biocomputer, an installation offering the future of medical consultation in which bodies are plugged in and mined for information. Where
Tina Gorjanc’s Pure Human explores the legal ramifications of tissue engineering within the luxury industry. Both projects point to a future that questions the cultural and material boundaries of the human body.

Co-speakers and panellists:
Designer Joao Gil

Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London

Date and time:
19 September 2016
1 - 2 pm



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