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?
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London