Janine Benyus is a biologist who works on the border between biology and design. Following her ground-breaking book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, she has become an award-winning innovation consultant, helping to create a more sustainable world by learning from the designs of nature. In this exclusive interview she discusses the ideas and work of Biomimicry, “the conscious emulation of life’s genius”. An idea that could change the way we think about sustainable design forever.
“Rather than rely on our raw natural thinking processes, we can utilize disciplined and controlled thinking styles and tools that channel our thinking processes for enhancing creative thought”. Murray Hunter discusses creativity as an undervalued skill that anyone can cultivate, one that crosses disciplines.
Lalla Essaydi, a Moroccan-born, Paris-trained artist, created the Converging Territories series as a means of examining the culture in which she grew up from the Western position she now occupies. “In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses as artist, as Moroccan, as Saudi, as traditionalist, as liberal, as Muslim. In short, I invite viewers to resist stereotypes.”
The exotic forms and colours of the plant world and the way in which they migrate into every aspect of our lives has been a source of inspiration throughout Rob Kesseler’s artistic career. Here he discusses the possible convergent territories of art and science, and a definition of art for scientists.
Helen Storey is an award winning, innovative fashion designer and professor at University of the Arts London, in Fashion and Science. She combines these two disciplines to create work that blends the boundaries between art, fashion and science
primary figure among the concept-based artists who emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, Agnes Denes is internationally known for works created in a wide range of mediums. A pioneer of several art movements, she is difficult to categorize. Investigating science, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, poetry, history, and music. From a conceptual art background, she’s distinctively […]
Rob Kesseler’s work bridges art and science. As well as working with ceramics he also works with photography and digital images. One theme linking his wide-ranging body of work is his overwhelming fascination with plant material and the natural world, particularly microscopic plant and cell structures.
Much of the work of Susan Derges revolves around the creation of visual metaphors exploring the relationship between the self and nature. Recently she has begun working in the studio combining analog and digital techniques to create new forms and perspectives hitherto impossible to capture.
Working at the forefront of art/science collaborative practice, Anna Dumitriu has a strong interest in the ethical issues raised by emerging technologies. Her installations, interventions and performances use a range of biological, digital, and traditional media including live bacteria, robotics, interactive media, and textiles. In this exclusive interview she discusses her ideas, work and future projects.
A juggling unicyclist who transformed “information” from a vague idea into a precise concept that underlies the digital revolution. Claude Shannon was one of the greatest of the giants who created the information age.