BioLab Conference

On Monday, March 15 at 6 pm (CET), Elisava Research and the European project Biofriction present the Biolab Conference, a lecture organized within the framework of Elisava’s BioLab Week and the Master in Design through New Materials.

Maria Boto (The Colour Biolab, UGhent); Juan Crespo (Elisava Research BioLab) and Laura Benítez (director of the Biofriction project, led by Hangar) will address topics such as: ‘Ecology of color. A research journey from nature to materiality’, ‘Growing Engineering & Design (and thus, bio)’, and ‘Bio-disruptions. On scale, care(s) and interdependence’. There will be a final debate hosted by Laura Clèries from Elisava Research.

The event will be broadcast in streaming format from Hangar.


6 pm – 6:25 pm | Maria Boto, researcher at KASK- School of Arts, University College Ghent.
Ecology of color. A research journey from nature to materiality
In living beings, colors come from pigments and structures. The research “Ecology of color” aims to become a bridge between nature and design by dissecting the bases of color generation and translating them into an applicable and sustainable material.

6:25 pm – 6:50 pm | Juan Crespo, PhD, Dr. Juan Crespo. Research Leader of Engineering, Design & Living Systems at ELISAVA Research BIOLAB.
Growing Engineering & Design (and thus, bio)
Can we grow a machine? Well, the answer surely depends on what we consider a machine. Can we grow materials? Materials are naturally grown in nature, without machining. Thus, an innovative approach is the implementation of these natural growing techniques into our manufactures. Many designers are now growing their own materials, transforming their workspaces into biological labs. This transformation, turning “extracting from nature” for “growing with nature”, is the challenge engineering & design is going to face this decade.

6:50 pm – 7:15 pm | Laura Benítez, PhD, director of the Biofriction project
Bio-disruptions. On scale, care(s) and interdependence:
Experimentation with biomaterials not only allows us to develop new lines of research or implementations in the field of design, but it also places us in front of non-human scales. Bio-agents that become hegemony disruptors, challenging us to other relationships based on care and interdependence.

7:15 pm – 7:40 pm
Discussion panel
Moderator: Laura Clèries, PhD. Head of Elisava Research.

Practical information

Date: March 15th
Time: 6 pm CET
Place: Plató, Hangar. C/Emília Coranty, 16.

The session is available at this link