Vivorium is a speculative future lifestyle exploring alternative ways of perceiving and interacting, with the body, materials, and biodesigned objects. The project blurs fashion, objects, and living through the extension of the body with things -- from garments to grown materials. The lifestyle is presented in a narrative book, a collection of objects, images of performed interactive experiments, and a film. Vivorium aims to provoke thought regarding our perception of the body in relation to the things all around it by creating a reciprocal style of living with designed things. *Please contact for further information about the project or book.
"artist and designer Ali Schachtschneider is charting the frontier of fresh paradigms for fashion production, working at the bioengineering co-op, Genspace, to re-conceptualize the ways we think about clothes. Here in the laboratory, she's playing with groundbreaking formulas for building new materials, everything from fabrics to dyes, framing her research as a catalyst to wean the global clothing market off its dependence upon already-depleted ecosystems." Read full story:
Ali Schachtschneider x Refinery29
A series of photos documenting strange materials made stranger with consumption. This is an ongoing record of experimental performance via grown material in differing relations to the body.
Strange material...
An archive of grown material samples, ongoing.
A rapidly prototyped fast-fashion future: A curated set of microbes & cell cultures for growing designer biomaterials to craft your own fashionable edible wearables.
A collection of research, materials, processes, and documentation. Through images and materials this book presents a selection of the variety of methods used within the process of working in a lab as a designer. It includes research and documentation of experiments performed as a researcher and and resident artist at Genspace, a community DIY biotech lab. This selection of process work represents a larger exploration of the body and the relationship with a variety of materials and technologies - biotechnological, cooked and otherwise.
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