Starts: Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 - 11:30

Ends: Wednesday, 15th April, 2015 - 13:30

Epsom - Tuesday 14 April 11:30-16:30 and Wednesday 15 April 10:30-13:30, 2015.

Rapid advances in technology of the 21st century, and our deepening understanding of biology has enabled scientists to exert an ever-increasing control over nature. Today, such power is widening its user base. Our appetite for openness of knowledge, together with increasing accessibility of tools of biotech has allowed the so-called biohackers to emerge. They tinker with living entities outside of conventional scientific laboratories, allowing exploration of biotechnological tools in unprecedented ways.

This is a workshop introducing the world of biohacking to designers, and aims to answer the question, ‘how can we re-design nature to improve our lives’?

‘Heads-up’ explores ways in which bacteria can be hacked and re-wired into a type of sensor that we could use in the future. It’s a two-day, hands-on workshop, culminating in design and making of a fictional, wearable headpiece that incorporates the bio-sensing ability of bacteria. It is up to the designers to speculate on its functionality and impact on our lives. What could the bacteria sense, how could we interact with them, and what are the potential social and cultural implications that may emerge as a result?

Raph Kim is a biohacker-designer in London, exploring the social, cultural and political implications of biotechnology. In particular, Raph strives to create possible future relationships between human and micro-organisms, articulated  through hands-on biological experimentation, story telling, and making.



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