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La Fabrique du Vivant

February 20 - April 15, 2019

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Joris Laarman [Dutch, b. 1979] Half Life Lamp, 201...

Joris Laarman [Dutch, b. 1979]

Half Life Lamp, 2010

Glass, cobalt chrome, genetically modified CHO cells

12 x 6 x 6 inches

20 x 15 x 15 cm

In this digital era, there is a new relationship between creation and life sciences. The notion of 'life' is presented today in an artificial form where it is itself explored. Biotechnologies are now a medium used by artists, designers and architects. If digital simulation tools allow us to recreate the living, we must ask ourselves the question: how do we program the living? Through design, visual and digital art, this exhibition retraces an archeology of the living and artificial life. 


Between biology and genetics, design takes a cross-disciplinary approach, like a biotechnological artefact where living matter dictates the form. Design now makes use of 'bio-manufacturing' and of new 'disruptive technologies' around living matter. Bio-materials, produced from biological organisms (bacteria and fungus mycelium, etc.) have generated innovative objects, such as Joris Laarman's the Half Life Lamp (2010), a bioluminescent lamp made from genetically modified material.


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