Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration
Curator: William Myers and RISD Nature Lab
Curatorial Assistance / Coordination: Original Copy
Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration presents works of contemporary art and design that help us to reform our relationship with nature, moving it from a destructive to a more integrated, mutually beneficial model. These projects illuminate emerging practices in biodesign, an approach that involves partnering with biological systems to improve the ecological performance of the built environment, and bioart, which creatively reflects on our shifting definitions of life, nature, and identity. A central feature of many of these works is their high regard for the non-human species with which they are made possible, casting them as collaborators rather than mere materials, machines, or tools.