Scientists and designers explore future of synthetic biology

19 Apr 2012

Studiolab image. Credit: Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin

Science Galley in Dublin is playing host to an interactive workshop this week where five designers from the Royal College of Art in London are working with five Irish scientists to delve into the future of synthetic biology.

The eclectic group is aiming to explore the design of synthetic life and the fate of mutant products.

The Royal College of Art designers, who hail from its Design Interactions lab, are working with developmental biologists, geneticists, bio-engineers and DIY biologists at Science Gallery during the workshop called Mutant Products.

The 10 participants are discussing sketches, proposals and questions of design for synthetic biology at the workshop, which started yesterday and will run for two more days.

Visitors to Science Gallery between today and tomorrow will also have a chance to observe the workshop and even contribute to it, by posing their own questions and thoughts on the topic.

Mutant Products itself is one of a series of activities in the Europe-wide, EC FP7-funded project Studiolab. Which explores creative opportunities where art, science and design collide and engages the public.

As well as Science Gallery in Dublin, which leads Studiolab, Design Interactions at The Royal College of Art, London, Le Laboratoire in Paris is a member, as is RIX-C, the Center for New Media Culture in Riga.

Other members include Ars Electronica in Linz; MediaLab Prado in Madrid; ISI Foundation in Turin; Optofonica, in Amsterdam; Ecole de Recherche Graphique in Brussels; Leonardo in France; CIANT in Prague; Medical Museion in Copenhagen and Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic