The use of living things such as bacteria or plants in designing products or as art.


Did you know that you can also follow the BioHack Academy online? All lessons are recorded and shown on the video channel.


Students of the Master Industrial Design (MID) programme at the KABK have followed a BioPlastics workshop in the Waag.


Have a look at the projects of participants in the BioHack Academy, an international programme organised by Waag.



Wood Wide Web

Journalists get inspired by the subjects that were brought up in the Dutch broadcast 'Zomergasten' by Marleen Stikker. What about that Wood Wide Web?


An interview with artist-in-residence Pei-Ying Lin on becoming friendlier with viruses and the using them as ingredient in the kitchen.


During the Dutch Design Week 2017 you can visit the Embassy of Health to discover is a cooperative in which your DNA is stored and only made available to third parties under conditions determined by you.


MAD summerschool, sounds like a crazy summerschool but it actually stands for ‘Man and Design’ i.e. a design summerschool.


De biokunstenaars Xandra van der Eijk met ‘Seasynthesis’, Cheng Guo met ‘Anon. - An intervention in the Anthropocene’ en Jiwon Woo (USA) met ‘Mother's Hand Taste (Son-mat)’ zijn op vrijdag 19 mei uitgeroepen tot de winnaars van de Bio Art & Design Award 2017 (BAD Award).


At MU gallery in Eindhoven, the 7th edition of the Bio Art & Design Award shows works of the winning teams and several other works of bio art and bio design under the title Fluid Matter.


We opened the Pet Shop Food Bar at the Waterlooplein in Amsterdam in November 2016. We investigated for one month how our micro-pets can contribute to the future of our food.


The XTH Sense has launched on Kickstarter just recently. What can you do with this wearable? The XTH Sense harnesses the power of your body to let you interact with connected devices, musical and video software, games and virtual reality in a highly personalized and engaging way.


Our first micro-organisms concept store opened its doors during the DDW in Eindhoven and it was a huge success. The 275,000 visitors of the exhibition were curious to see our adorable micropets, learn about them and the ways in which they can take care of these little companions. Pet lovers were buying these little cuties for more than a week, showing their special interest in Slime Molds and Photobacterium Phosphoreum, which were completely sold out.


In 2015, we were part of the international Dutch Design Week again in Eindhoven. And for this occassion, we also replaced a part of our public activities to our Pet shop at the Klokgebouw, where it was all happening during the event.


In March 2014, Leonardo/Olats and Decalab were organising a conference on Bio art - bio design. At this occasion, Lucas Evers of Waag's Open Wetlab presented our activities.


This book investigates new ethical issues arising through art and science collaboration and considers the roles and responsibilities of the artists, scientists and institutions involved. The projects decribed raise interesting questions for science ethics committees and help to reveal the mechanisms that drive this usually hidden process, enabling readers to understand the driving forces behind ethical decisions and the role of artists working in scientific settings more deeply.


Making paper and ink with the aid of bacteria? Sure! The participants of the 12th Do It Together Bio workshop at the Waag were not scared away by the strange smells of the bacteria. On the contrary. In no-time most of them were stirring away in jars filled with cellulose and pigment producing bacteria. It was such a lot that the smell of it lingered for a couple of days!


In the Summer of 2014 we were confronted with a newsitem mentioning that Satao, Kenya’s largest elephant, fell into the hands of poachers. Again, a natural monument of our planet was lost. Every year again thousands of elephants are killed for their tusks. Many people adore ivory for its unique qualities. Ignorant of the meaning and source of the material they do not realize that the trade in ivory is very cruel, redundant and will prove to be limited.


Exactly a year after the world's first in vitro hamburger was presented, the The In Vitro Meat Cookbook was published by BIS Publishers. Using the format of the cookbook as a storytelling medium, the In Vitro Meat Cookbook is a visually stunning exploration of the new “food cultures” lab-grown meat might create. This book approaches lab-grown meat not just from a design and engineering perspective, but also from a societal and ethical one.


Our Open Wetlab regularly has guests working at their projects in our lab. Recently, Matilde Losi from TU/e worked at her 'Host' project here.


Intervening in evolution by creating the perfect pigeon, food production from toxic waste and new habitats on the border of fresh and salt water in which the four cultures of people, plants, fish and shellfish come together. These three projects, each good for € 25,000, were proclaimed to be the winners of the Bio Art & Design Awards by the five-member international jury at NWO in The Hague.


Thousands of elephants are slaughtered every year for their tusks. Ivory is still very popular, the pain the animal has suffered and the deaths that followed are not reflected in the decorative figurines that adorn homes and shrines. People do not realize what they have in their hands. But what if we could give a new meaning to the formation and origin of ivory?


In ‘Hybrids, Chimeras and other Monsters’ the goal was to step away from the yuk-factor, and to take a closer look at BioArt from artists like Guy Ben-Ary.


In February 2014, Waag's Wetlab brings a new series of three lectures by Joanna Jeśman at the Waag titled 'Living tissues and living issues', as a continuation of the series The Future of Art & Science Collaborations we started last year in October.


The Other Dinner was an experimental and interactive dinner that investigated our meat culture. We prepared and ate parts of the pig, cow, chicken or sheep that are normally intended for export or animal feed. Check out this video-report for a glimpse of the event.


The successful Designers & Artists For Genomics Award (DA4GA), the unique competition that encourages young artists internationally to discover and further develop the world of bio art and bio design, will be continuing under a new name: Bio Art & Design Award.


On 14 December 2013 a special dinner was organized at the Waag: The Other Dinner, an experimental and interactive dinner that investigated the meat culture of the past, the present and the future.


Recently, I visited two exhibitions on the design of life. First I went to 'Project Genesis' during the Ars Electronica festival in Linz, and after that I visited the exposition 'Biodesign' at the Dutch Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. The cross pollinations between design, art and bio technology are exhibited more often these days, and I was curious if these two could surprise me.


Until 15 December 2013, the exhibition of the winners of the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award was on display in Leiden. Just the day after the opening, the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant already published a nice review of the special exhibition.


Genetically modified embryos of Zebrafish injected with GMO algae are playing an important role in the artwork Errorarium by Adam Zaretsky.


Three years ago the project called 'Cell explorer' was amongst the finalists of the first edition of the DA4GA (2010/2011). Unfortunately they didn't win but did succeed in finding partners (the UMCG and RUG) that supported them to realize the project.


On 21 June 2013 we launched the Makers Guild at the Waag in Amsterdam.


Bio artist Adam Zaretsky constantly finds himself on the edge of the legally permissible. His Errorarium, for example, is home to zebra fish embryos injected with algae. The aim is that these embryos grow up to be completely self-sustaining fish and that they can make food from sunlight just as plants do.


At Do it Together Bio #4 on 3 April 2013 we worked with Aliibrio ficheri, bacteria that are bioluminescence, made 3D prints with living material and we built a bioprinter from old HP printers after the model by BioCurious at Instructables. During the workshop artist Allison Kudla told about her work and Branislav Misovic and Jelle Boomstra shared their experiences with 3D printing of living tissue.


Quantified Self (QS) stands, in short, for measuring yourself. Using tools to translate your behaviour in data. On Monday March 4th Waag hosted the Amsterdam meetup.



Yes Naturally

Yes Naturally is an art exhibition at the GEM Museum for Contemporary Art, Fotomuseum and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag raising the fundamental question: What is natural? And who or what decides? International artists present new viewpoints, challenge old patterns and encourage sustainable behavior.


In the exhibition Still Unidentified Objects Transnatural explores new, still ‘unidentified’ forms of collaboration between man, machine and nature. The exhibition looks at fresh ideas & design ending up in new results by joint forces and combined smartness with benefits for all parties involved (rather than just for humans).


In the presence of the public artist Charlotte Jarvis donated blood, urine and skin tissue, to be used by Mummery’s group of stem cell research at the Hubrecht Institute. The living cells found in those substances will be medical metamorphosed into induced pluripotent stem cells (IPS) and after that into totally different sorts of bodily tissue of the artist: brain cells, blood vessel cells and hart cells, thereby creating a half-life portrait or semi-living portrait of the artist in a life support system yet to be designed.


The documentary Talking Plants & Morning Urine follows three young designers after winning the Designers and Artists 4 Genomics Award (DA4GA).


Bulletproof skin, Exploring Boundaries by Piercing Barriers, a beautiful book of art & writing about project 2.6g 329m/s.


The antlers on the wall on either side of the hall come from all over the world. The same thing goes for the audience - young men and women with fast glasses or flashy lipstick are sitting beside men in suit or a casual sweater. There is tension in the air. We are in the ‘Pesthuis’ at Naturalis for the announcement of the winners of the third edition of the Designers & Artists for Genomics Award, which rewards leading bio-art initiatives.




Mutamorphosis is an eclectic conference with over a hundred speakers with a background in art, science and activism. Last week a second edition was held in Prague, after the first successful meeting in 2007, of which all information can be found online. Themes are crisis, uncertainty, complexity and cognition; the format exists of panels of three of four speakers with a discussion.


On 6 December 2012, the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Awards were handed out. This unique Dutch contest brings art, design and life sciences together.


We’re making a fresh start with our Open Wetlab on November 16th. We'll be working with do-it-yourself biologists on bottom-up innovation: new machines, techniques and protocols – often cheaper than regular lab equipment, like a low-cost malaria tester. Anyone with an interest in biology and life sciences can get started in our lab.


Last Friday the premiere of ‘PostNatural Organisms of the European Union’ took place in Amsterdam at Waag.


The opening of the new Designers & Artists 4 Genomics exhibition is a fact! In the crowded Life Science room in Naturalis, the winning teams of designers/artists and scientists were put in the spotlight.