Biodesign Night: Solar Edition (i.c.w. BlueCity)
During Biodesign Night, we will explore the integration of living organisms into design processes by showing best practices of collaborations with the sun to create biocircular solutions. The goal? To have a constructive, open exchange between designers, artists, engineers and scientists and to create a better understanding of how solar energy can be harvested. This will take into account both indigenous and scientific knowledge, from using sunlight for algae to storing heat in water for the winter months.
Life on earth is connected to our sun: our products, energy, health and food are created thanks to her sunshine. At Biodesign Night 2022, we explore the integration of living organisms in the design process by staging best practices from all over the world that collaborate with the sun to create biocircular solutions.
This year’s Biodesign Night collabs with The Solar Biennale to investigate how the sun creates circular designs. Our aim is to organize a constructive, open exchange between designers, artists, engineers and scientists about how to harvest solar energy, thereby taking indigenous wisdom and scientific knowledge into account. From using sunlight into algae and other biomass, to storing heat in water for winterwarmth, there are many solutions nature offers for us humans. Join to get inspired, learn from those who do and connect with fellow biodesign enthusiasts in BlueCity.
Teresa van Dongen
Artist and biologist
Raz A. Isac
Artist and industrial designer from HOLA Studio
Pallas Agterberg (moderator)
Pallas Agterberg (1963) works on the energy-transition and how this triggers a broader change of society. She has graduated in social science and art, business administration and information management. She worked in the nineties in implementations of new business processes. Pallas is active in energy branch since 2001 and works within Alliander since 2004 on strategy and innovation.
She is chair of The Solar Biennale, chair of the supervisory board of OnePlanet Research, member of the national council Raad voor de Leefomgeving en infrastructuur and board member of the supervisory board MVO Nederland.
Biodesign Night is an annual event on the intersection of design, biology and technology. We invite designers, artists, engineers and scientists to share their experiences with biodesign, the integration of living organisms in the design process. Here you can meet the frontrunners in the field, interact with likeminded people, and start new collaborations.
Biodesign Night is made possible thanks to our strategic program partners: Stimuleringsfonds voor creatieve industrie and Gemeente Rotterdam.