Hidden in a green realm in Strijp lies BioArt Laboratories - a repurposed historical military complex in a dense forest. The breeding ground for many award winning innovations. It is a refreshing place where things are done differently. A place, unfinished, unpolished, provocative, and alive.
At this off-grid location we are challenging the anthropocentric perspectives on economy, habitation and land by adopting key principles of the Symbiocene. The Symbiocene revolves around ecological and evolutionary thinking of the interconnectedness of life and all living thing. Such symbioses are in stark contrast with current human influence and increasing dominance of climatic, biophysical and evolutionary processes. During DDW 2019, BioArt Laboratories explorers these key principles of the Symbiocene: the full elimination of toxic-to-life substances; the complete and safe biodegradability of all materials in human use, the exploitation of non-polluting forms of safe, socially just renewable energy and organic integration of technology with physical and living systems. Our old bunker complex, the laboratory workplace and the rural environment outside will form the scenery of the event and its activities through exhibitions and all types of events. Extra festive is that BioArt Laboratories founder Jalila Essaidi is one of the ambassadors of the Dutch Design Week this year. That must be celebrated! All kinds of special activities take place on the entire BioArt Village site!
Shaakira Jassat is a graduate at the Desigh Aademy. Since the recent drought in her native country, South Afrika, she has been looking at design as a response to the dry situation in Cape Town. During that time, the city's relationship with water altered dramatically. Her work takes inspiration from organisms that collect, filter or store their own water, seeking ways to apply these principles in urban environments.
Product unveiling at 1:00 on the 20/10/2019
The project seeks advice from tree professionals in Wageningen University&Research, and is supported by Stichting MAD, BioArt Laboratories, Vitalis Kunst en Cultuur, and Cultuur Eindhoven.
‘Thea Meeting’ unites people from different cultural backgrounds, connected by the element water.
She currently resides and works in Bangalore.
Getting to work with different materials exposed to natural phenomena, she sees the charm of damage and recognizes it as a quality connected to memory.
Her project investigate's the mutual interaction between humans, water and damage – and reassess issues and contradictions such as traditional values in a new era.