See also Limited Edition: Growth Assembly.
After the cost of energy had made global shipping of raw materials and packaged goods unimaginable, only the rich could afford traditional, mass-produced commodities.
Synthetic biology enabled us to harness our natural environment for the production of things. Coded into the DNA of a plant, product parts grow within the supporting system of the plant's structure. When fully developed, they are stripped like a walnut from its shell or corn from its husk, ready for assembly.
Shops evolved into factory farms, with licensed products grown where sold. Large items take time to grow and are more expensive while small ones are more affordable. The postal service delivers lightweight seed-packets for domestic manufacturers.
Using biology for the production of consumer goods has reversed the idea of industrial standards, introducing diversity and softness into a realm that once was dominated by heavy manufacturing.
The product shown here is the Herbicide Sprayer, an essential commodity used to protect delicate engineered horticultural machines from older nature that can naturally defend itself.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam
The Central House of Artists, Moscow
EDF Foundation, Paris
KM Temporaer, Berlin
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The National Museum of China, Beijing
The Art Institute of Chicago
Ars Electronica Center, Linz
The Wellcome Trust, London
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre of Girona
St Etienne Biennale Internationale Design,France
Science Gallery, Dublin
Photo: HaYeon Yoo
Assembled Herbicide Sprayer.
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Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
December 11 2010–July 20 2011