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Machina Synthetica Communicatia

2019, Biodesign, Narrative Design

What if we design DNA to redesign the Smartphone?Geopolitical, social and environmental issues in the supply chain as well as in the recycling process of the smartphone call for new production methods. The field of synthetic biology is parallely advancing in its possibilities to design ever more complex organisms and offering organic solutions to current inorganic electronic components. Creating a new product typology, Machina Synthetica Communicatia rethinks how we produce, and how we might merge bodily with biological products. Apart from technical questions of realisation we need to discuss other aspects as well. What does it mean if a living product becomes an organic body extension and the host becomes the battery? When we visit a farm to buy a extra organism? Products and animals do not have rights. There are only consumer and animal protection laws. How will this change if the product is alive itself and will it alter the identity of our species?

A multitude of ethical and social questions arise from the new posibilities of biological production. Apart from these general questions an integrated living phone offers the opportunity for somatic interfaces integrating a larger integration of the body`s capabilities motorically as well as the sensorical interaction.

Abiogenesis

2019, Research Thesis, Obsolescence

We extract, and transform,
take in and control,
plan and end
and yet we only do so
for our own time span.

Million of years
do I the air
and I the rain
rub the passing stone,

and for a thousand years
I the oak
have a fierce grip
of my surrounding soil,

and I the human
dispose of my product
leaving traces behind
after the 80 years of my life.



Our current production and consumption methods pose a stark temporal contradiction. Part 1 of the research is exploring the various forms of obsolescence and how the material properties of consumer goods do not reflect on their temporality. This is further explored on the example of the smartphone ending with an outlook how consumption and material properties could be realigned.
Part 2 then explores how recent devleopments of synthetic biology could create future production methods incorporating real product life cycles rather then metaphorical ones.

KARMIN

2018 - 2019, Architectural Test Unit, Product Design, Prototyping, Healthcare Research, Infection Prevention

How can a two bed patient room on a normal ward be designed affecting work processes and patient habits to ultimately reduce the transmission of MRSA? This project is an research into how architecture and design can reduce the risk of h ospital-acquired infection.

National and international guidelines call for the isolation of patients with multi-resistant pathogens in single rooms. However, the increasing incidence of these pathogens complicates the implementation of these recommendations. Most multi-resistant pathogens are transmitted primarily by contact. Thus, transmission-free care of patients with these pathogens should be possible in double bedrooms specificially designed towards reducing these incidents. However, there are no studies on the possible equipment of double bedrooms with two bathrooms. There are also no investigations on the colonisation of new hospital buildings by microorganisms and possible influencing factors. Two questions that this project is aiming to answer.

The KARMIN project is investigating if double patient bedrooms can be upgraded as alternative to current infection prevention. As a result, a demonstrator for double bedrooms with appropriate infection prophylaxis equipment, including the wet room, was realised. 13 partners from the field’s industry were involved along with two medical research teams of the Charité Berlin and Uniklinikum Jena.

Objects optimised towards infection preventionand  methods of patient empowerment were developed and the layout of a patient room was  rethought.

The examination of the hospital microbiome during the resettlement is intended to answer the question of whether the twin room is sufficiently infection-proof for the accommodation of patients. The first occupancy of the newly renovated Charité Bettenhochhaus is the framework of the investigation. The aim is to find out what role architectural conditions (comparison of multi-bed and single rooms) and different cleaning regimes (comparison of surface disinfection and surface cleaning) play in the development and diversity of microbiomes and in the emergence of multi-resistant bacteria.



Disinfection Dispenser
The traditional disinfection dispenser faces various challenges but also poses a variety of opportunities to reduce the transmission of multirestitent bacteria. A disinfection dispenser that evokes an inductive emotional response in the user.
Patient Bed Table
Bedside Terminal
Project Partners
Technische Universität Braunschweig (Coordinator)
Röhl GmbH Blechbearbeitung
Universitätsklinikum Jena – Septomics Research Group
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin – Institut für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin


Beyond Identity

2017, Interactive Installation, Facial Recognition, Scenario Thinking

“Good Morning.
...
Checking today’s agenda.
...
Today you will meet Jan, Henriette, Jesse, Jon and you will encounter two face recognition algorithms.
...
Calculating instructions.
...
Here is my suggestion: Apply the cheek pieces. Your hair style and eye color fits already, however, you should make one more change.
...
Now take today’s nose.
...
You are ready to go.”




Have you ever been looked at disdainful? Which new habits of selfcare and styling will we develope facing an environment populated with facial recognition and and social scoring devices? We have always judged each other superficially based on visual impressions. Already at the beginning of the 19th century tried Adolphe Quetelet to quantify the human ascribing certain characteristics developing the field of criminology.

Both as a defensive but also as a proactive and self assuring measure we pick certain clothes, hairstyles, make up, scents and gestures when going on a date, meet an accountant for a mortage negotiation or a human resource representative for a application interview. Now these situations of judgement have been supplemented with algorithmic decision making based on correlative research often drawing their final judgement on visual databases of people's faces. Your sexual orientation, your credit worthiness, your political view, your IQ and many more aspects can be determined by your facial apperaance.

Algorithmic bias and ethical problems led multiple activists to develope defensive systems to disguise someones face unrecognisable. However, all measuerments have been overcome by advancing technology. Facing a world accepting of facial recognition we need to ask the question of how we will proactively shape our styling habits developed for situations of encountering other humans to situations of encountering algorithms. Beyond Identity explores this situation proposing a advisory smart mirror serving as consultant and reviser to adapt your face in the morning. Knowing your day's agenda it suggests you styling cues favouring desired attributes as well as being able to print seemlessly sculpted masks. Beyond Identity supports designing your body.

Testrun the smart-mirror on yourself here.







Mark

BushSuit

2017, Fashion Design, Bio Design

Greenery irrigated by sweat pairs up with somatic movements translated into moiré effects . Bushman is a suit that filters your breathing air, providing you with a well scented environment in a dull office space. It conjures a smile on your colleagues’ faces and leaves a fresh breeze behind.

In Collaboration with Yiqian Bao