4. Other Biological Futures

Photo by Justinas Vilutis
Photo by Justinas Vilutis


Issue 4 of the Journal of Design and Science, “Other Biological Futures,” looks at biodesign, the design of, with, or from biology. Biodesign is being promoted by scientists and designers as an ecological remedy, a technological challenge, an economic opportunity, and a manufacturing and industrial revolution. In this issue, we ask whether biodesign in practice really can make things better, and what that might look like.

Over the last decade, artist Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, and designer Natsai Audrey Chieza have been exploring the design of living matter and its potential implications. As editors of this issue, they identify difficulties they see emerging in the evolving practice of biodesign, and open up new directions for investigation. Initiating conversations between scientists, designers, curators, artists, bioengineers, activists, historians, and more, all who are somehow “other” to each other, the issue reveals complex issues in biodesign around the world. The conversations will be released serially as we consider different kinds of colonisation in biodesign, raise ethical issues in designing living matter and, hopefully, reach beyond our networks and cultures to encourage the imagination of “other biological futures”.

Submissions to this issue are now open.


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by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Natsai Chieza, Rab Messina, Arne Hendriks, and Justinas Vilutis
Sep 12, 2018Updated: Feb 01, 2019
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by Natsai Chieza, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Suzanne Lee, Christina Agapakis, and Justinas Vilutis
Sep 19, 2018Updated: Feb 01, 2019
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by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Natsai Chieza, Chido Govera, Josh Evans, and Justinas Vilutis
Oct 01, 2018Updated: Feb 01, 2019
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by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Natsai Chieza, Emeka Okafor, Jim Ajioka, and Justinas Vilutis
Oct 09, 2018Updated: Feb 01, 2019
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by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Natsai Chieza, Betül Kaçar, Ytasha Womack, and Justinas Vilutis
Oct 23, 2018Updated: Feb 01, 2019
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by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Natsai Chieza, Ionat Zurr, Maholo Uchida, Justinas Vilutis, Lorrie LeJeune, and Amy Graves
Oct 30, 2018Updated: Feb 01, 2019
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by Luis Campos and Steven Benner
Dec 07, 2018Updated: Dec 10, 2018
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by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Natsai Chieza, Kiana Frank, Ahilapalapa Rands, and Justinas Vilutis
Jan 29, 2019Updated: Feb 01, 2019
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