As Biotop* we recently had the chance to be a part of the London Design Festival, by contributing to the “Biodesign Here Now” exhibition at the OpenCell campus in Shepherd’s Bush.
We installed our exhibition “See the invisible”, which we already had on display in Villach last Christmas. In addition, we conducted workshops in the Open Cell container lab that we designed the interior layout for and helped build back in May. Together with visitors, we made cheese and extracted DNA from strawberries. These activities are relatively simple and do not require much specialised equipment, but served as a conversation starter for a really engaging discussion on topics such as genome engineering and tools that can be used for editing DNA, genetically modified foods, and research ethics.