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MORPHOGENESIS

BIODESIGN AS
EMANCIPATORY PRACTICE

What could a future look like where we live in partnership with nature instead of exploiting it? How can new technologies and Biodesign help us find alternatives to capitalist systems of exploitation and pave the way for new ways of making, working and living together in social communities?

 

The last year in particular has shown us the need for a systemic change in the fashion industry. Bea sees her responsibility as a designer to question current power structures and to not only create a more eco-friendly industry but also a more equitable society and environment. Her work combines working with living organisms, computational design and the development of compostable algae leather, in which she sees the potential for a new production framework for the fashion industry. She is fascinated by the combination of natural systems and digital design tools, and the exciting potential this has in enabling future design practices for a more ethically, socially, and environmentally sustainable system.

 

Her work Morphogenesis is set in a speculative reality characterized by pandemics and ecological dead zones. In this world, biohackers and designers band together to use Biofashion as a political design movement, one that empowers through the creation of tools, brings together diverse communities and liberates them from existing neoliberal economic models. The collaborative work in local labs enables independent, sustainable production processes and creates equity and self-reliance. Using mathematically generated patterns and self-bred algae leather, a post-capitalist design practice is being built that could lead to new ways of making and unleash new modes of creativity. 

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Animation in collaboration with Vincent Goos

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THE BIOLOGICAL AND THE DIGITAL : A RELATIONSHIP

ALGAE LEATHER

 

In this speculative future, the bio- movement is confronted with an environmental catastrophe that already poses an extreme threat to our marine ecosystems today: Hypoxic zones (dead zones) in oceans and rivers.  Due to eutrophication, there is an increase in harmful algal and cyanobacterial blooms that trigger hypoxia. Due to the lack of oxygen in these zones, marine life is almost impossible, leading to a decline in biodiversity. The leather industry contributes significantly to eutrophication by discharging wastewater into the waters. But algae are not only the problem, they could also be part of the solution. Certain species of algae can balance the nutrient content of the water and therefore prevent dead zones.The bio-movement cultivates and harvests these algae species, which absorb phosphorus and nitrogen. The community uses them as a main source for the future: for food, medicine and also for reusable and compostable clothes - the latter without the use of fresh water. An accessible, closed-loop system is created. Material production, processing and reuse take place in a local facility.

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THE BIOLOGICAL & THE DIGITAL:

A RELATIONSHIP

The creation of an accessible digital design tool based on the formation of patterns and shapes in nature enables everyone to create their own garments.

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Bea Bruecker
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In Collaboration with

Vincent Goos- digital art collab

Jenny Choi - Embroidery

Meredith Wood- Print

Megan Sharples- Knitwear

Video NEW SYMBIOSIS

Animation: Vincent Goos Cast: Noschka G. Shirazi Cinematography: Leon Daniel

Assistant: Ronja Lahr

 

Photography: Johann Spindler

Models: Lulu Wang, Kaiden Ford, Andras Nagy, Esther Durotolu

NEW LIBERATING  DESIGN PRACTICES 

The work "Morphogenesis" is set in a speculative reality characterized by pandemics and dead zones. In this scenario, individuals band together to use Biofashion as a political movement that empowers people through the creation of tools and communities. Using mathematically generated patterns and self-bred algae leather, a new design system is being built that could lead to autonomy and combat the effects of the climate crisis.