Exhibit finissage and discussion
People have lived with mushrooms since birth. Some live in and on their bodies, are their constant companions and are therefore part of their normal microbiota. They help to utilize nutrients better and strengthen the immune system. Other fungi live in symbiosis with plants and supply them with nutrients and water from the soil. Fungi take care of people and their environment and actively shape them, even though they are microscopic.
Today's fungal biotechnology researches how the metabolic potential of fungi can be harnessed for a sustainable and circular bioeconomy. Will not only medicines, enzymes and biofuels be made from mushrooms in the future, but also clothing, furniture or even houses?
Prof. Vera Meyer and Prof. Sven Pfeiffer explain how this could succeed and why intensive collaboration between science, art and society is so important.
The event is both a finissage and a reflection of the MY-CO BUILD exhibition on the topic “Mushrooms as building materials of the future” in the Futurium Lab.
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Vera Meyer is Professor of Applied and Molecular Microbiology at the Technical University of Berlin. The focus is on researching and optimizing fungal cell factories, which involves more effective use of fungal metabolic potential for the production of drugs, enzymes and biomaterials. With her team, she develops and combines methods from systems biology and synthetic biology. Their inter- and transdisciplinary research projects combine natural and engineering sciences with art, design and architecture and create bio-based scenarios for possible living and living environments of the future. Vera Meyer is also active as a visual artist under the pseudonym V. meer and uses art to make the potential of mushrooms for a sustainable future better known in society. In 2020 she founded the interdisciplinary SciArt collective MY-CO-X together with Sven Pfeiffer.
Sven Pfeiffer is professor of digital design, planning and construction at Bochum University. He works as an architect in Berlin. His focus in research, teaching and practice is on the potential of digitally supported and generative methods for sustainable design and construction practice. His research is located at the interface of programmable materials, architecture and digitality. Pfeiffer's work challenges the established understanding of digitalization in architecture and applies principles of biology to the design of environmentally friendly building systems. He is currently developing applications of bio-based materials for the built environment with the MY-CO-X collective.
-> Venue: Workshop Futurium Lab (-1)
-> Entry: free
-> Event language: German
-> Max. number of participants: 30 people
-> Conditions of participation: from 8 years, no previous knowledge required
-> wheelchair accessible venue.
-> Seats without seating are available for wheelchair users.
-> The event is aimed at interested parties of all ages.
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PHOTO & VIDEO
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Meeting point: Workshop Futurium Lab (-1)