The Biodesign Challenge is an annual research program and national competition that offers art and design students the opportunity to envision future applications of biotechnology. On view will be two of the winning projects: Stabilimentum is a couture mask that filters air using live spiders and the electrostatic properties of their silk. Starter Culture Kit is a biomaterials starter kit designed to introduce makers to the expansive world of biomaterials, which include bioplastics, mycelium and silk proteins, which can be propagated and shared among makers. ASU’s students will be competing next year.
Mónica Butler, Rebecca Van Sciver, Jiwon Woo
Latin for support, Stabilimentum is a couture mask that filters air using live spiders and the electrostatic properties of their silk. Inspired by the symbiotic relationship between humans and the microbiome, the fashion accessory creates a symbiosis between human and arachnid.
Gage Branda, Sarah Whelton, Jake O’Hagan, Emma Whitlock
A biomaterials starter kit designed to introduce makers to the expansive world of biomaterials, the contents of the Starter Culture kit, which include bioplastics, mycelium and silk proteins, can be propagated and shared among makers.
Daniel Grushkin is the program director of the Biodesign Challenge and co-founder and Cultural Programs Director of Genspace. He is also a fellow at Data & Society Research Institute.He was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where he researched the field of synthetic biology in 2013-2014. He was an Emerging Leader in Biosecurity at the UPMC Center of Health Security in 2014. As a journalist, he reports on the intersection of biotechnology, culture, and business for publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company, Scientific American and Popular Science. Grushkin has killed many C. elegans at Genspace. He has also led a team to create a $10 microscope for school children.