Day 2 (Tuesday 18 September)
15:45 - 17:15
Exhibition 2

This summer Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen launched Design Columns, a series of exhibitions that investigates how design and art innovations respond to themes that hit the headlines of our daily news.

The starting point of each presentation is the notion that good ideas can change the world. The Design Column breaks down the curatorial walls of the museum, as it opens the conversation with artists, scientists and cultural creatives. The first in the series of the Design Columns concentrates on microscopic life, entitled ‘Micro Impact’. Thanks to research it is possible to gain more knowledge of the smallest components of life, which in turn inspires designers to develop new applications and forms of expression.

During PICNIC you are welcome to share ideas with artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg. She contends that the biotechnological revolution is one of the most significant changes for the twenty-first century. It requires a new way of thinking about the relationship between design and science, between nature and industry, and even between creator and product. In a round-the-table discussion Ginsberg, will talk with curator Annemartine van Kesteren about the impact of applying engineering principles to living systems and turning biology into a material for design. This relates to questions on how we design nature and what these minute interventions tell us about the concept of owning biology and life.

The exhibition ‘Design Columns #1: Micro Impact’ with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg’s Growth Assembly is now on view in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and includes works of designers Pieke Bergmans, Mattijs Munnik, Thomas Twaites, Suzanne Lee and fashion designer Iris van Herpen.

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