Biosynthetic Possessions: A Future Where Your Possessions Grow At Home Instead Of Being Manufactured In a Factory

author: Linnea Våglund
published: March 21, 2016,   recorded: February 2016,   views: 1172


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The project is an investigation of the possibility of synthetic biology, in a speculative design scenario estimated to be possible within 20 years. A Reality where we can program and modify organisms into objects, where your possessions grow at home instead of being manufactured in a factory.

The project investigate a reality where we, with synthetic biology, can program organisms to objects. A reality where your possessions will grow at home, instead of being manufactured in factories.

Your objects will require care, and will repair themselves. You can, like digital images, save and recreate your objects anywhere, anytime. The lost teddy bear of your child will be resurrected, with the same DNA, from a stored cutting. Your lamp doesn’t need electricity and you can spread your table among your friends.

Synthetic Biology is a research area concerning the construction of new biological systems and functions that do not already exist in the nature. The project has been done with support from BioNyfiken’s, a bio hacker group in Stockholm. The project received Ulla Fröberg-Cramérs stipendiestiftelse’s scholarship. It was chosen to be a part of the ARTS-project ( and will be developed further within the Interactive Institute.

More about the project HERE.

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