Friday Seminar Series

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The ethos of SymbioticA is that ideas are discussed and shared openly and the Friday Seminar Series is designed to allow an open forum to disseminate artistic, scientific, ethical and philosophical research and practice of resident researchers, visiting artists and scholars. Our Friday Seminar Series are held salon style, in our studio space and commence at 3:00pm on Fridays. These seminars are open to the public.

FUN GUYS, Grow Your Own: Material, Snack, Remediation

Date: 22 Nov 2019
Time: 3pm
Location: SymbioticA
Speaker: Triana Martínez

The conception we have of waste is based on a product life cycle in a commercial world. Circular economies are currently proposing to return to a scheme of flow of goods that intersect generating a cycle where the disposal of one process becomes a complement to another until the cycle is closed, involving the cycle of nature. Perfect machines do not exist and in this work scheme you have to nurture the system to maintain it. The idea of generating closed cycles implies a reduction in the impact on the environment since ideally, less is exploited and less waste is generated. In this desire to integrate natural cycles into the circular economy, it is worth thinking about the rhythms and times that it has.

It is here that the times of the plastic do not fit in since the short use that we give it and the long time it takes to degrade does not correspond. In other words, our usage scheme is not proportional to the time it takes for things to degrade.

It is then necessary to use materials that break down in a manner that is consistent with the cycles of the land so that the system can be closed. This work seeks to generate a biocomposite material by growing the mycelium of a fungus in vegetal waste to offer a product that can be integrated into a system composed of cycles that in their sum create a closed life cycle system.

Triana Martínez (b. October 1991) is a Designer (industrial/strategic/system) and Artist (Experimenting) whose experience draws from robotics and educational furniture to interior design. Martínez is a kick-off architectural concept designer for Architectural Tactics, Manager and strategic designer for Proyectil Mx. She was awarded with the Gabino Barreda Medal in 2017 and currently seeking new material sources and questioning the foundations of industrial production and consumerism.