Possible Tomorrows / Vienna Design Week

Possible Tomorrows – an exhibition during Vienna Design week 2016, produced by BIOFACTION. It introduced a selection of experimental and technical design applications hatched from the fields of biotechnology and synthetic biology.

 

Selected designers/artists contributed on the one hand speculative applications and ideas for the future, and on the other hand already tried and tested implementations for the design and material culture of tomorrow: Cement that is composed of microorganisms. Plants that not only bear fruit, but also grow textiles from their roots. What possibilities will the future bring? Will synthetic biology be the foundation of tomorrow’s industrial design? These and other questions were addressed in Possible Tomorrows.

The Berrymakers

We released a new documentary film about the international research and innovation project BACHBERRY that searched for valuable substances in plants, particularly berries, that could be beneficial for health and other useful applications. We travelled to the experimental Vavilov research station in St. Petersburg, Russia; visited the biochemical analysts at the Hutton Institute in Dundee, Scotland; compared color pigments at Chr Hansen in Montpellier, France; and talked to the researchers at the Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica in Lisbon, Portugal who test plant extracts on so-called “humanized yeast” to find cures for Alzheimer.

 

The film gives a clear idea why the discovery of useful substances and their genes is so important for human health and the bioeconomy and how these genes could be used to make these hardly available substances in larger quantities with the help of engineered microorganisms.

Synthetic  Biology in Europe

Synthetic Biology is an emerging field in at the intersection of biotechnology, information technology and biochemistry with the aim to make biology easier to engineer. But what exactly are synthetic biologists doing? And who are the people behind the technology planing to design and engineer living material? This film takes you on a journey around Europe showing current developments in this field, portraying five outstanding projects – funded by the European Science Foundation – and the scientists that drive them.

 

The 30 minutes film was produced by Biofaction with financial support from the European Science Foundation.

Standardise Biology Science Kitchen Workshop

In this interactive workshop Biofaction invited participants to playfully explore basic standardisation principles in food biotechnology. Industrial processes were transferred to a kitchen make shift laboratory to re-produce modern food products.

Standardisation in Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology is the attempt to convert biotechnology into a full engineering discipline. Compared to other engineering areas such as electronics or mechanics, however, the process of standardization of biological material is a tough challenge. One of the most important characteristics of every engineering field is the need for proper standards. In this short film we show: why standards are so important in synthetic biology, what should be standardized, who are the people driving this process, and what this all means for society and the environment.

 

The film was produced as part of the EC FP7 project ST-FLOW.

The XB1 Conference

A wrap up video of XB1, worlds first conference on Xenobiology.

Presentations of results from the World Wide Views on Biodiversity project.

WWVIEWS on Biodiversity

Produced for the World Wide Views on Biodiversity (WWViews) project, an international citizens consultation project about biodiversity protection, the videos provide balanced information about biodiversity and related policy options for the 3000+ WWViews participants.

WWVIEWS on Biodiversity EN 1 Intro

WWVIEWS on Biodiversity EN 2 Land

WWVIEWS on Biodiversity EN 3 Sea

WWVIEWS on Biodiversity EN 4 Benefit

Bio-Art documentary Trailer

The bioart documentary presents the growing art community that got inoculated by biotechnology, producing living and semi-living artefacts (biofacts). Biofaction is credited for seeding the initial idea of this documentary, which came out of the exhibition “synth-ethic“. We assisted director Robert Styblo and producers (Styblo TV, ORF, ARTE) on several occasions during the production process (scientific advice, art-science networking, post-prodution). The film was aired at Austrian TV station ORF 2 on October 31st 2011, and will be shown on ARTE this fall.

The SYNMOD Team

Here is another example of our work, a short animated film we have done for the scientific project SYNMOD, that searches for novel synthetic antibiotics. “Lame antibiotics are in fear of the superbug. How will we react in the face of the microbial superwarriors? Will the bugs take over or will we come up with novel antibiotics not found in nature? The SYNMOD Research Team has taken up this challenge. Their mission is complicated, but impossible is nothing…

Synth-Ethic trailer remastered

The following video shows a summary of the art-science exhibition synth-ethic that was opened during the Bio:Fiction Science, Art and Film Festival in Vienna in May 2011.