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Four winners of the DA4G award

Four winners of the DA4G award

December, 2011

The Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award (DA4GA) is the first Dutch contest in which art, design and life sciences are brought together. Participants work with living material on projects that evoke surprise and questions. On Thursday December 8th, the award was presented for the second time. This time, four projects were rewarded: growing graffiti, a urinary diary, an interactive plant medium and an edible time machine.

The proposal Concrete Lichen, by Lionel Billiet (BE) and the Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation investigates how static surfaces such as buildings, can be decorated with growing graffiti consisting of lichen (a symbiosis of algae and fungi).

Aqua Vita, the proposal by Susana Leret Cámara (ES), Mike Thompson (UK) and the Netherlands Metabolomics Centre, assumes that urine is not just bodily waste, but consists of rich information and presents us with valuable insights into our lifestyle. Aqua Vita combines advanced metabolomics technology with traditional Chinese medicine and visualizes this information into a diary.

In Vena Verbum makes people aware of the fact that plants are much more than static, decorative objects. Tiddo Bakker (NL) and the Centre for BioSystems Genomics let us discover the hidden world of plants by developing a medium that measures the activity of the chloroplasts and shows that the plant continually responds to its environment. The medium gives the plant a proverbial voice. 

What impact will changes in climate, demography and energy have on the Dutch food culture? The Edible Time Machine presents futuristic and multisensory meals based on the 'Getting Old Together' study and the culinary history and future of the Netherlands. The project is run by Zack Denfeld, Catherine Kramer and Yashas Shetty (IN), in collaboration with the Netherlands Consortium for Healthy Ageing.

DA4GA is an initiative of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative and Waag Society and is realised in cooperation with CSG Centre for Society and the Life Sciences and is presented by NCB Naturalis.


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