Students from across the RCA have been exploring how bio-design can shape the future of food production, tackling issues from food waste to future agriculture on Mars. These projects are part of the Biodesign Challenge, an international competition run by Genspace NYC that seeks to build collaborations between artists, designers and biologists. Prototypes, photographs and films documenting the students' research process will be on display in a pop-up exhibition at White City Place from 1–4 June. The outcomes tackle issues at all levels of the food production chain, from proposals to listen to the gut to better understand the microbial relationship between the digestive system and the brain, to making use of the fungal network between plants to distribute nutrients in urban food growing environments, and designs that tackle future problems such as food preparation on interplanetary journeys.
Pictured: Pulpe, a system that tackles textiles waste and pollution, as well as food waste. The Pulpe home-craft kit facilitates food into fashion process in nine easy steps, allowing users to create a new piece of textiles after every meal.
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