Biomateriality

14 May – 12 June

Biomateriality brings together researchers, designers and artists who are pioneering biomaterials in Australia, embracing principles of regenerative design, cyclical economies and a collaborative approach to working with other living organisms.

Joining a growing global movement, their research includes developing new materials such as seaweed-based polymers for 3D printing, biofoams and mycelium applications in the construction, packaging, design and textile industries.

This exhibition goes behind their studio and lab doors and reveals this research in progress, including material experiments, speculative design, prototypes and samples.  It will also include art installations that explore the new aesthetics and philosophical implications of this emerging field of design.

JOANNA FOWLES
KATH FRIES
FUNGI SOLUTIONS
MICOEDEN
PHILIPPA ABBOTT, EDWARD LINACRE, MATT WOODS, MYCELIUM STUDIOS
ALIA PARKER
JOSH RIESEL
STUDIO FLEK
SUSTINENT & ELLEN FERRIER
MONASH, RMIT AND SWINBURNE DESIGN STUDENTS WITH GYUNGJU CHYON, JOHN SADAR & CANHUI CHEN
NAHUM MCLEAN, KATE SCARDIFIELD AND ELLA WILLIAMS, MATERIAL ECOLOGIES LAB, UTS

Alia Parker, Inside Outside, 2022, cotton textile waste, Ganoderma steyaertanum, dimensions variable.

Exhibition opening: Saturday 14 May, 3 – 5pm
with artist & designer talks by Alia Parker, Josh Riesel and Kate Scardifield

Panel discussion: Sunday 22 May, 2.30pm
Speakers: Daniel Goldsmith, founding director, Micoeden
Nahum McLean, academic and biobased materials researcher, UTS
in conversation with Catherine Benz, Delmar Gallery curator
Free admission, registration required.

Exhibition dates: 15 May – 12 June, 2022
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12-5pm. Free admission.

Material Ecologies Design Lab, UTS, 3D printed biomaterial experimentation
Ella Williams and Nahum McLean, Algae net, 3D printed algae biomass
Josh Riesel, Lucidum 2022 (detail), mycelium lamp