Boijmans van Beuningen Design Column #1 - Micro Impact


Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)


Museum installation


June - September 2012


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Synthetic biologists engineer new organisms that do not exist in nature. By implementing new codes of DNA to living cells, cells can obtain new functions such as the production of vitamins, biofuels or medicine.

In this artwork created for the Boijmans Museum, Nadine Bongaerts & Eva Brinkman visualize the potential of synthetic biology.

The central petridish with bacteria represent the natural bacteria that can be equiped with synthetic genes to generate bacteria with new abilities (petridishes surrounding the central dish).