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BIOPLASTIC FANTASTIC — Background / Diagrams

The research for the project was split into three main areas: The scientific background, researching how values and diverse circumstances in society shape technological products, and aesthetics / materials research (view the materials research here).
Research into advances in synthetic biology, materials science, and artificial photosynthesis were explored with the help of scientific advisors from Imperial College’s Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation.
Part of this collaboration was a workshop in which 16 designers were invited to explore what “designing biology” means today and might mean in the future (view more here).
The interactions with the products and their aesthetics were influenced by a fictional scenario in which circumstances other than those shaping technological products today influence the designs.

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SILICON VALLEY
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Radical individualism
Egoism
Techno-utopian
Innovative
Black, white, silver
DIY
Rational
Planned, structured
Economic liberalism
New age spirituality
Success
Youth-obsessed
Visual beauty
Singularity
Large corporations
Companies have the power
Economists, engineers
Oil- / mineral-based
Capitalism
Market-oriented
Full-time jobs
Economic growth
Surveillance
Technological determinism
Ayn Rand
Male-dominated

FICTIONAL SCENARIO
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Community-based, small groups
Altruism
Techno-positive but sceptical
Imaginative
Fluorescent, Colourful
DIT (Do-it-together)
Irrational
Coincidental, messy
Social liberalism
Importance of coincidence and chance
Hedonism
Age = status, power
Intangible beauty
Enhancing biology through biology
State-run research labs
Government and people have the power
Scientists, artists, designers
Bacteria- / sugar-based
Sharing / gift economy
People-oriented
Unconditional basic income
Economic stability
Privacy
Social constructivism
The Dalai Lama
Female-dominated
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