Biopolitics

Who really shapes our bioengineered future?

Month: February 2016

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The Biopolitics project, an introduction

Technologies shape our lives, but who shapes them? The answer seems hidden behind laboratory doors. With emerging biotechnology in mind, such questions become pressing. In 10 years there will likely be bioengineered products in our homes. Who influences their development? And for whom are they actually developed? Why is research funded? Do citizens play a part?

This blog documents our journey to an answer. We are Duuk Baten, Erik van de Pieterman and Gijs de Boer, and we study the relation between research labs, design studios and the world outside. The upcoming three months we will shed light on the politics behind synthetic biology.

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definition Speculative Design

DESIGN THAT EXPLORES POSSIBLE FUTURES THROUGH FICTIONAL PRODUCTS

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definition Democratic Technology

TECHNOLOGY THAT (1) IS DEVELOPED AND (2) FUNCTIONS IN LINE WITH CITIZENS’ INTEREST

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definition  Synthetic Biology

The design of artificial biological systems with biological building blocks

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