Finalists 2012-2013

Metamorphosis/ Potent

Artist: Charlotte Jarvis
Netherlands Proteomics Centre

Drawing on the tradition of artists using their bodies as a site for activism, in Potent the artist Charlotte Jarvis attempts to donate her own body parts to stem cell research. By presenting herself (literally, physically) as an advocate of stem cell research, the project seeks to actively engage the debate surrounding this field and to provide a public voice for stem cell researchers but also a demystifying of the processes, aims and outcomes of this widely misunderstood technology.

Family portrait

Artist: Ellen Rogers
Forensic Genomics Consortium Netherlands

This project visualizes key genetic similarities and differences between humans and our closest extant relatives, the great apes. Many art visualizations of genetic information use letters to stand for nucleotides in DNA and are difficult to “read” for the uninitiated. This project will use an intuitive colour-based visualization to represent the genetic code.

Sola Dosis Facit Venenum

Artist: Gionata Gatto & Alessia Cadamuro
TI Center for Translational Molecular Medicine

Early in the human history, poisoned plants and animals were recognized and used for healing and offensive purposes. People learned which natural substances could damage the human organism. With the advent of the food and pharmaceutical industry, a large amount of our population lost awareness on the hazardous ingredients they accumulate every day by eating and using processed products. This project proposes an investigation on the interaction between chemical additives and the metabolic processes of the human body.

Fish Bone Chapel

Artist: Haseeb Ahmed
Netherlands Toxicogenomices Centre

The Fish Bone Chapel is a portable architectural installation in which ‘fish-building’ takes place. It considers mutation to be productive of new forms instead of dangerous or deadly and stages ‘genetic play’ as an educational program. The workflow and software toolkit developed over the course of this project will be shared as open-source.


Artist: Hoyan Ip
Centre for BioSystems Genomics

Bio-trimmings presents a solution to wasting food or traditional food disposal methods. It forms intended ranges of bio-trims, such as zips and buttons buckles, using food sources that are wasted in food production processes or within the household. It’s an alternative to the less sustainable trims we use today that are made of metal or plastic, consuming high levels of energy through processes such as electroplating.

Symbiotic Machine

Artist: Ivan Henriques
BioSolar Cells, Free University Amsterdam

In this project the possibility of harvesting energy from living organisms is investigated, using the bacteria rhodobacter sphaeroides. These specific bacteria can obtain energy through photosynthesis. The Symbiotic Machine will harvest energy from these photosynthetic bacteria, creating a symbiotic organism which collects, carries, captures and processes these bacteria autonomously, amplifying the energy obtained from this organism, using a mobile robotic structure.

Hello World

Artist: Jeroen van Loon
Netherlands Consortium Healthy Ageing

Soon, reading our DNA becomes easier, faster and much cheaper. Our most personal and unique form of information transforms into a binary code which, consciously or unconsciously, will be part of our digital identity more and more. Hello World is an artwork that presents us with possible future scenario’s and forms a tribute to our next information revolution – those of the Bio Informatics.

Living Mirror

Artist: Laura Cinti & Howard Boland
Amolf, complex molecular and material systems

Living Mirror is a living interactive display and visualisation platform combining magnetic bacteria, electronics and programmatic photographic manipulation. The project aims to connect us with a different material image and reintroduces the ‘fleshiness’ removed in digital technology and print. Living Mirror produces an eerie image of the person using living cells outside one’s own body.

Personal Zoo

Artist: Loren Kronemyer
Virgo Centre

Projects such as Your Wildlife have begun to document the amazing biodiversity that lives on the average human body, using crowd-sourced samples of a wide range of individuals. They have shown that every body harbours different and unique collections of fauna, and that the number of species on each body can be well into the thousands. This project propose to create a self-portrait map of the body consisting of documentation of the various parasitic and symbiotic fauna that inhabit it.

Abstract Reality

Artist: Lyske Gais de Bildt
Netherlands Consortium Systems Biology>

Science is looking at living things as systems, sets of objects. If we would consider one of those objects separately, outside its system and context. What could this object become? Does it still reveal its original context? This project would like to be part of a ‘systems biology unit’, to see where the abstraction become art and integrate art into the systems biology.

Bacterial Money

Artist: Raphael Kim
Netherlands Institute for Ecology

We now live in a post-genomic era, with ever increasing speed of DNA sequencing, synthesis and analysis, along with our expanding knowledge of micro-organisms and its genetic control. This project has been inspired by the potential roles of synthetic biology and microbes could play within the financial industry. It aims to explore tangible and intangible ways in which microbes could become a part of the economy of everyday life, through design of objects and scenarios.

Fungal Fabrics

Artist: Simone Vermaning
Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation

Mycelium is a complete new research area which exists of growing fungi wires that are about 1/100th millimetres thick and can be millimetres long. The characteristics of this material resemble textiles. The goal of this project is to identify the characteristics of the mycelium (whether or not combined with other materials), so that fungal fabrics can be produced that resemble cotton, silk or satin or present us with complete new creations.

Life Impact Display (L.I.D.)

Artist: Tim van Elferen

L.I.D. presents a visual spectacle that is self-sufficient. It searches for new scientific publications on the internet and responds to them by firing a projectile that represents the impact of the article and keeps the algae in the basin alive. L.I.D. symbolises the relationship between the researcher and the research subject and the artificial necessity to aim for high ratings.