Practical informations

03 Nov

Thu., 10:00 - 1:00

Palais des congrès

Experimenting with Physarum polycephalum while questioning the interface between design and biology. The main protagonist of this workshop by Ori Elisar is a yellow coloured slimy organism called Physarum polycephalum. It's a fascinating and wonderful single-celled microorganism with primitive intelligence, often used as a model organism in the fields of scientific research. It also makes for a perfect creative collaborator and has a memory, while growing­ 1 cm per hour. Participants will design a few practical experiments based on concepts they come up with and test its capabilities and problem solving skills. They will also discover methods, tools and methodologies of creating a kitchen-based laboratory, and question the role this single-celled organism plays in the cultures of science and design and its aesthetic qualities. They will then incubate these experiments, allowing the bacteria to move and interact. Finally, when we turn off the lights and say goodbye, participants will have a new pet to take home and play with. No specific background is needed. Just an open mind will do!


The workshop

Ori Elisar

The designer Ori Elisar is a Visual Communication graduate from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel. And if his name rings a bell, it is probably because he presented his year-end thesis at the 5th edition of the KIKK Festival in 2015. At the time, he was researching linguistics and typography, and their respective evolution. He elected to represent a hypothetical process in which the ancient Hebrew alphabet would be transformed into modern Hebrew font using the Paenibacillus vortex bacteria. His Living Language Project recently received a Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the Type Directors Club in New York.