Biomodd [TUDelft3]

What is Biomodd?

Biomodd is a collaborative art project conceived to challenge presumed notions of opposition between nature and technology in different cultures throughout the world. The project started in 2007 during a residency of Angelo Vermeulen at The Aesthetic Technologies Lab in Athens, Ohio. Since then multiple versions have been built both by the people that originally came up with the idea, and by other communities throughout the world. Up till now, Biomodd art works have been created and showcased in Athens (Ohio), Los Banos (Philippines), Manila (Philippines), Sint-Niklaas (Belgium), Maribor (Slovenia) and New Plymouth (New Zealand). In 2011 a new Biomodd project will follow in the Netherlands, and in 2012 in New York City. Biomodd is an open source art work and can be built and improved upon by anyone.

Biomodd at the TU-Delft

In October 2011, a new Biomodd version is going to be developed at the Delft Universisty of Technology. Biomodd is an open innovation process and fits the philosophy of the TU Delft perfectly well. More and more systems that are developed at the TU Delft have to be able to include participation in their design. Facilitated by the Internet, open design and open innovation are large movements in which people share designs and solutions. Social networks play an increasing role of significance in next generation infrastructures, participating in the negotiation of energy, water, mobility, health and more. Biomodd is precisely open artistic research in which science, engineering and human creativity merge.
Biomodd [TUDelft3] takes place in the context of the inaugural speech of professor Frances Brazier of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. The title of her speech is ‘Shaping Participation: a New Design Paradigm’. Shaping participation refers both to how human beings, technological systems and ecosystems participate in each others processes.

For Biomodd [TUDelft3] previous collaborators from the Philippine Biomodd will come over. Diego Maranan (now based in Vancouver) and Al Librero (based in Los Baños) will participate and share their knowledge with designers, engineers and students at TU Delft. This offers a unique chance to address ‘culture’ as one of the components that deeply affects how systems are integrated.

For Biomodd [TUDelft3] previous collaborators from the Philippine Biomodd will come over. Diego Maranan (now based in Vancouver) and Al Librero (based in Los Baños) will participate and share their knowledge with designers, engineers and students at TU Delft. This offers a unique chance to address ‘culture’ as one of the components that deeply affects how systems are integrated.

Dates

  • Co-creation: October 3 – October 14
  • Presentation: October 14
  • Potential follow-up: after October 14

What can I do?

This is an open call to join in the Biomodd [TUDelft3] experiment, where technology, nature and gaming meet to benefit from each other. Fellow Angelo Vermeulen will guide people through a process to experience how inspiring collaborative design of a Biomodd project can be. The core idea is to build a recycled computer network geared by gaming and integrate an ecosystem that lives in a sort of symbiosis with the electronics. Together with colleagues from the Philippines and Canada we will engage in an open innovation process. We will use e-waste, brain power, plants and algae to produce a system in which social, biological and technical systems meet and interact.

For the TU Delft version we want to produce an artefact where social, biological systems and technical systems are as closely integrated as they can. In the past, the project’s interactions were mainly focused on energy recycling, essentially the use of excess heat of electronics to boost biological growth. We believe that a team of designers and engineers from the TUD can bring the whole a project a step forward by increasing the complexity, and looking at additional interactions of electronics and biological life. Many different fields of expertise at TU Delft can contribute: maritime and aerospace engineering, augmented reality, robotics, architecture, industrial design etc. People with no engineering background are welcome to join. Call it ‘evolution at work’: diversity delivers opportunities for innovation.

Researchers and students are invited to join and give their time.
Students can participate and earn 2 ECTS.

Location: hall of the faculty of Technology, Policy, Management (TPM), Jaffalaan 5, Delft.

The event will run from the 3rd to the 14th of October.
Kick-off at 9.00 am, final presentation of the BIOMODD
[TUDelft3] will be at 13.00 hrs.

If you want to join please send an e-mail to Sabrina Rodrigues
S.RamosRodrigues@tudelft.nl (places are limited).

More information?

For more information on Biomodd, visit www.participatorysystems.org,
www.biomodd.net, or call Jaco Appelman mob. +31 (0)6-27070275.

For more information on Angelo Vermeulen, visit Angelo Vermeulen.

If you want to be informed on the progress of the BIOMODD [TUDelft3] experiment,
you can also subscribe to our BIOMODD mailinglist.

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