Imperial College London

Dr Marin Sawa

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Research Associate







704Sir Ernst Chain BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






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author = {Sawa, M},
title = {An ecosophical intersection of design and algal biotechnology:Algaerium Bioprinter and Algae Printing},
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AB - The concept of ‘ecosophy’ by the French activist and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari sheds light on the root of ecological and sustainability issues in the intersections of natural environment, social relations and the mind of inhabitants. I will discuss an ecosophical intersection of design and algal biotechnology with my research-based biodesign outcomes: Algaerium Bioprinter (2013) and Algae Printing (2013-2015). The former is a concept design installation contextualising the latter a technology of the digital printing of living algal cells. Describing these outcomes, the first half of this talk illustrates domestication of algal biotechnology, a distinctive character that connects the three domains of ecosophy. I will show developed applications of the Algae Printing technology in the areas of food, energy and environment. Biodesign is expounded in terms of multifunctionality and semi-living systems along with ecosophical implications.The second half will explain the collaborative interdisciplinary process between the designer and algal scientists, which drove the conception of ideas and making of biodesign. The laboratory-based research practice will be described, demonstrating two-way collaboration and a co-inventor role of designer in scientific research.The talk will end by pointing towards an emerging shirt from ‘intellectual consumption’ to ‘utilitarian consumption’, from biodesign to bioindustry.
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