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Bea Brücker is a multidisciplinary designer, artist and researcher working with biodesign, sculpture, animation, fashion and costume. Her work explores the potential of bio' as a tool for social, political and ecological progress in response to the climate catastrophe, capitalism and social inequality. 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 at HAW Hamburg and regularly works on multidisciplinary projects, for example with researchers from the Fraunhofer Society, on theatre and film productions or on art installations.
Through sculptural and digital art, she explores new technologies, working with living organism and ecosystems and computational design. Her research explores the development of biomaterials from algae, plant-roots and bacteria, computational design and new technologies to develop a climate- positive, post-capitalist biodesign practice. Working with biomaterials, installations, fashion, costume and animation, alternate realities emerge, critically addressing issues such as neoliberalism, climate change, transhumanism and technologically enhanced ecologies. As a lecturer and speaker, she discusses the challenges of the climate crisis and the importance of systemic change. Her work has gained international exposure through exhibitions such as ICADE- Tsinghua International Conference On Art & Design Education, (Beijing 2021), Future Forum: German Center for Research and Innovation (New York 2022), Silberstreifen Kreativgesellschaft x Design Zentrum Hamburg (Hamburg 2022) Fashionclash Festival (Maastricht 2021), Westfield's Future Fashion (London 2021) and at Berlin Fashion Week - Neo Fashion (Berlin 2019). Her work has been featured in iD Magazine, ARTS THREAD, Nick Knight's SHOWstudio, 1GRANARY and ZEITGEIST.
Bea Brücker's work has won numerous awards, including the Fraunhofer 'High Tech Meets Tradition Competition, Artsthread x Gucci Global Design & Art Graduate Award, Silberstreifen Award, Wesldet Exhibition Award Future Fashion Competition. She earned her master’s degree 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.
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
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
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
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