EXHIBITION: New Silk – What Can We Learn From Spiders?

NewSilk02_72ppiPhoto: Pirita Lauri

The exhibition New Silk – What Can We Learn From Spiders?  is part of the official programme of Helsinki Design Week 2019.

Where?   Väre building, FK Lobby, Otaniementie 14, 02150 Espoo
When?   September 5-26, 2019

The NEWSILK research project studies new ways of producing sustainable materials in the future, especially how to produce new types of silk-like materials in the context of synthetic biology. The project team consists of scientists, material researchers and design researchers with textile expertise.

The goal is in the far future: how to design and produce material attributes at the DNA level through genetic engineering. The original inspiration for this project was the spider’s way of creating materials for its web using “spider silk”, a luxurious and sustainable material with properties that surpass existing synthetic materials. Collaboration between design and fundamental material science offers new tools to create and communicate alternative views into the future. Throughout the project, the designers have been inspired by synthetic biology, trying to imagine what these new designed and engineered materials mean for the future.

In this exhibition, textile designers who are also members of the NEWSILK research team have explored artistic ideas and thoughts which have been raised during the project.

Working group:
Pirita Lauri, Pirjo Kääriäinen, Kirsi Niinimäki, Department of Design, Aalto University; Markus Linder, Department of Material Science, Aalto University; and doctoral candidates and researchers from the University of Helsinki.

The research project is a collaboration between Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, and is part of the BioFuture25 programme by the Academy of Finland.

The exhibition is part of Aalto University’s Designs for a Cooler Planet exhibition ensemble in Otaniemi, Espoo.

More information:
NEWSILK research project
New Silk – What Can We Learn From Spiders?
Helsinki Design Week
Designs for a Cooler Planet