AKI BIO MATTERs is an artistic research program that focuses on working with new biomaterials where art and design meet life science, philosophy, politics, ecology, bioethics, and DIY.

Within lectures and workshops, the students face and hands-on experiment with questions, methods, and ideas that are usually present only within life science and bioethical concerns. Through bringing new methodologies and materials into artistic realm, students of art and design learn what might be their role in the discussion on life manipulations and how they can critically and creatively take part in shaping the new reality.

AKI BIO MATTERs exercises the capacities and agencies of art working with living matters. Students learn how to think and create when their medium is alive. They face with the art and science relations and practices of living matter manipulations in a manner that hands-on practice is never separated from instant processes of thinking. Participants of the program face with difficult questions and implications of life manipulation while experimenting and innovating their own biomaterials. The aim of the program is to create spaces of thinking while doing, and doing while thinking with the living matters.

AKI BIO MATTERs is a platform of experimentation and speculation on the urgencies of the new living material realities. It explores the methods of how to face with the uncertainty and the radical openness of what life might become – the vibrating materialities of multi-bodies – waste, dirt, air, animals, rhizomes, meat, viruses, plants and microbes, in short: matter that matters.

The program is open to all students from different departments and academic year which ensures the diversity of perspectives and processes of learning and experimentation.

Topics of focus:

  • Biohacking Human
  • Growing your Art (working with bacteria, mushrooms, and plants)
  • Biodesign for Plastocene: making your own bioplastic
  • Living Images

Guest Artists: Raphael Kim, Aniela Hoitink, Sonja Bäumel, Zeger Reyers, Špela Petrič, Adam Zaretsky, Pei-Ying Lin