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EN VIE / ALIVE
26 Apr-01 Sep 2013; Laura Cinti - 22 Oct 2013

The exhibition, En vie / Alive - New Design Frontiers at the Espace Fondation EDF, provided a glimpse into the diverse array of ‘living technologies’ and the extent these biologically fabricated designs influence our relationship to nature. 

Curated by Carole Collet, her underlying curatorial principle was "to examine whether design-led ‘living technology’ can lead to a new form of high-tech sustainability." The exhibition, presenting over 30 projects, was divided into five themes: The Plagiarists: (Nature as a model), The New Artisans: (Nature as a co-worker), The Bio-Hackers: (Reprogrammed, ‘synthetic’ nature), The New Alchemists: (Hybridised nature), and The Agents Provocateurs: (Conceptualised and imagined nature).

C-LAB's Laura Cinti was invited to showcase a new version of The Cactus Project (2001) - a living artwork with a cactus expressing human hair. The work explores a reproductive paradox in genetic engineering - the inherent sterility of transformation processes.  

Also featured as part of the exhibition was Laura's Nanomagnetic Plants (2008/11) that utilised a new biomedical nanotechnology to induce magnetically actuated plants. 

Other References: Paris Update: Art - Temporary Exhibitions
Defiant Magazine
Alive: New Design Frontiers
C-LAB:blog: Cleaning oil spills with magnets
C-LAB:event: ART-SCIENCE TALK
C-LAB:event: BIOART :: LECTURE
C-LAB:event: EN VIE / ALIVE
C-LAB:event: EVAPORATION OF THINGS
C-LAB:event: PLANTS, MACHINES, ANIMALS, AND OBJECTS!
C-LAB:event: SENSE NONSENSE
C-LAB:event: THE CACTUS PROJECT :: LECTURE
C-LAB:event: THE CACTUS PROJECT :: EXHIBITION
C-LAB:event: TRANSGENIC ART FORUM
C-LAB:experiment: Bacteria Compass
C-LAB:experiment: Magnetically actuated Cress plants
C-LAB:project: THE CACTUS PROJECT
CityBeat: London Soundscape
The Cactus Project
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