Fermenting Futures

Fermenting Futures – Bringing together arts and biotechnology

Arts and natural sciences have nothing in common at first sight. But if we have a closer look, sculptural artworks can be the ideal tool for exploring scientific contents from a visual perspective while reaching audiences that haven’t been targeted before. The discipline of “BioArt” allows artists to put their hands on the techniques of biotechnological science and methodologies. These first-hand experiences enable them to tell their own – science-based – story from an artistic point of view. Fermenting Futures is an art & science project, conducted by Prof. Diethard Mattanovich and his team at acib/BOKU in Vienna in cooperation with the artists Anna Dumitriu and Alex May. The project explores yeast strains and their applications in synthetic biology. The outcome is a collection of sculptures, that expresses the yeast’s long tradition as a workhorse of biotechnology and related novel research contents in a creative way. The artwork was shown the first time at the ICY15 meets ICYGMB30 this month, which can be marveled in a video: