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ABOUT

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Bea Brücker is a biodesigner, researcher and artist. Her work explores the potential of biodesign as a tool for social, political and ecological progress in response to the climate catastrophe and increasing social injustice. Since completing her MA at the Royal College of Art she has taught the Bio platform of the MA Fashion programme there.She is part of the Centre for Design Research in Hamburg and regularly works on multidisciplinary projects, for example with researchers from the Fraunhofer Society, with makerspaces or on theatre and film projects.

Her research explores the development of biomaterials, digital tools based on biological-structure formation and new fabrication technologies to develop an accessible climate- positive, post-capitalist biodesign practice. Her work interrogates how the combination of biodesign practices and new fabrication technologies could be used as a tool for an economically and socially liberating design and art practice. It is an expression of her fascination with the relationship between us and our natural and digital environments. She explores the intersection of design and art, new technologies, ecology and computational design. Working with biomaterials, installations, fashion and animation, designs for alternate realities emerges, critically addressing issues such as neoliberalism, transhumanism and technologically enhanced ecologies. As a lecturer and speaker, she discusses the challenges of the climate crisis and the importance of systemic change.

 

Bea Brücker's work have won numerous awards, including the Fraunhofer 'High Tech Meets Tradition Competition,  Artsthread x Gucci Global Design Graduate Award, Future Fashion Competition, Silberstreifen Award and the Wesldet Exhibition Award. She earned her master’s degree in Fashion Biowear from the RCA in London in 2021. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor's degree at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and a DAAD-funded exchange semester at California State University Long Beach. After graduating, she was part of the Youth Fashion Summit in Copenhagen, a two-year sustainability programme launched by the UN Global Compact, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit and the Global Fashion Agenda. Bea Brücker's work has been shown at Fashionclash Festival (2021), Westfield's Future Fashion (2021) at Berlin Fashion Week- Neo Fashion (2019) and in various exhibitions. Her work has been featured in iD Magazine, ARTS THREAD, Nick Knight's SHOWstudio, 1GRANARY and ZEITGEIST.

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AWARDS & SPONSORS

 

2022  Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft & Netzwerk 'Science, Art and Design'  'Future Living- High- Tech trifft Tradition', Our interdisciplinary team of researchers and designers was awarded first place for the idea of a minimally invasive water storage system made of sandstone to alleviate water stress

2021  ARTSTHREAD & GUCCI, Global Design Graduate 2021, winner of the category "Sustainable Textiles & Fashion"

 

2021  Silberstreifen Award, Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft & designxport

 

2021  Westfield London‘s Future Fashion competition, winner of category ‚textiles‘, London, U.K.   

 

2021  WESLDET Exhibition Award- WES Lunn Design Education Trust, London, U.K.

2021  OPPORTUNITIES FUND, Royal College of Art

 

2017  DAAD PROMOS SCHOLARSHIP, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California

EXHIBITION & SHOWS

2022    Future Forum: Fabricating the Future, DWIH, New York, USA, panel talk, lecture, exhibition

 

2022     Textile Week- Innovation in Textile Design, Design Zentrum Hamburg, Germany, exhibition & lecture

 

2021/22   Future Fashion, Westfield, London, UK, exhibition

2021   Silberstreifen exhibition, DesignxPort, Hamburg, Germany, exhibition & lecture

 

2021     FLAIR Fashion x Fashion District Festival, London, UK, panel talk & exhibition

2021    ICADE 2021, Tsinghua International Conference On Art & Design  Education// Online exhibition, Beijing, China

2021     FASHIONCLASH festival, Maastricht, Netherlands

 

2021    RCA2021 SHOW, exhibition

 

2020/  

2021    Work in Progress SHOW, Royal College of Art, London, U.K.

 

2019    Berlin Fashion Week, Neo.Fashion 2019, Berlin, Germany

 

2018    WHAT IF?- Speculative Design- Kollektiv , artist & curator, Island Hamburg, Germany

 

2017    Hamburg Woolfestival, exhibition, Hamburg, Germany

 

2014-

2018    A+ Show N° 5 - 9  Fashion Show &  RUNDGANG HAW, Hamburg, Germany

2018    Fashion Design & performative Installation, exhibition ‘Speculative Design‘, curated by Prof. Anke Haarmann, Germany

 

2015    Nacht des Wissens, exhibition ‘Manufacturing technology of textile art techniques‘, HAW Hamburg, Germany

EDUCATION

2019-2021  Royal College of Art (RCA), MA Fashion Biowear, (Distinction), London, U.K., 

 

2014-2018  Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Hamburg, Germany

 

2016-2017  California State University, Long Beach, Fashion Design, exchange semester, California, USA

         

2011-2014  University of Hamburg, Law studies, Hamburg, Germany