- Exchanging bacteria is perceived as sickening and unhygienic. On the other hand, a diverse microbiota is essential for our health. By sharing dinner and dishes we build an emotional and physical connection to our fellow humans. This basis of trust helps us to overcome the irrational repulsion to exchange bacteria. The objects emphasise the contact with bacteria.
In the late stages of design a material is often chosen to meet the functional and aesthetic requirements of a product. The origin of biomaterial is based on actual living beings, if they are not even organisms themselves. Therefore it can not be described as a “thing”. I like to redefine the meaning and use of “materials”. In my work I include the biomaterial as an actor in the interaction with the human user.
As the “plate” comes without an edge it opens up to sharing with different people. To find physical connection to food the “nippers” imitate the way of eating with your hands. The “cone” allows to drink together from the same bottle. By keeping your own point of contact this exchange is based on comfort and safety
Exhibition: Biotopia Hautnah
Schloss Nymphenburg - 16.06.2018 - Biotopia is a new Natural History Museum in Munich’s Schloss Nymphenburg. Every summer before its opening in 2024 Biotopia invites scientists, artists, and designers to participate in a public festival.