In the not too distant future, heavy industrial production will be replaced by modular assembly of components derived from genetically modified organisms. Production of specific products and commodities will be achieved by the cultivation of seeds for such organisms, all the instructions for production encoded in their DNA. In a witty and nuanced project Growth Assembly, this vision of a post-industrial future is captured in a series of illustrations of genetically modified plants which grow components of a herbicide delivery system. In a charmingly anachronistic steam-punk gesture, these illustrations are presented in the style of C19th naturalists such as those of the illustrations of naturalist Ernst Haeckel, a contemporary of Darwin, in his Kunstformen der Natur.
About the authors
I am a designer, artist and researcher interested in the future. I use design to explore the implications of emerging and unfamiliar technologies, science and services. Perhaps it is my background in architecture and urbanism that makes me want to look down the microscope the wrong way: I am fascinated by the macroscopic view, the larger-scale social, cultural and ethical consequences of engineering invisible organisms, creating nano-scale devices and unravelling our genetic futures. Prior to the MA Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, I read Architecture at Cambridge University, worked in urbanism and spent a year at Harvard learning about narrative and design research. I have spent my time at the RCA exploring what design – integral to the developments of the Industrial and Information Revolutions – has to ‘o_er’ to a Biotech Revolution. I think that role includes imagining and designing compelling narratives that allow us to question our unprecedented future.
I am an artist, designer and writer, born 1978 in Cologne, Germany. I am currently living and working between London, the United States and Berlin.
I am interested in past and future technologies, notions of business and idealism, what they mean to us and how they inform which worlds come true and which worlds are discarded. I am a critical optimist and believe in progress. I like looking at big systems and individual parts. I enjoy both thinking and making. I aim to create social objects in which we can see ourselves di_erently.
I hold an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art London (2007-2009) and a Diploma in Visual Communication from the Berlin University of Arts (2000-2006).