Activities

Laboratorium organizes workshops, lectures, and participates in the academic program of KASK in the topics as colors, biomaterials, Art+ Science, and DIYbio. Here, you can find info on previous activities and a list of upcoming events.

Laboratorium at Onrust magazine

Text made by Bert Puype & Alice Lefebvre about Laboratorium and the Color biolab research project.

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DDW @Albert Van Abbehuis "MAKE THE FUTURE"

MAKE THE FUTURE is welcoming the curious, the open-minded, the extraordinary and the autonomous. Discover a range of exhibits, talks, performances and more during Dutch Design Week. In the group exhibition MAKE THE FUTURE we lay hold of the archetypes and how we play with expectations and identity without tapping into new sources. The designers, researchers and artists open up everything that really matters and start moving into neoteric realities to find new roads to cultivation. How important is design if we already have too much? How many chairs can one own? Can we re-use ideas? How can we learn to (re-)assemble? How do you reverse the process of the makers industrialization? Should we discuss the process of the maker-mind? Will we develop greater clarity about what should be? Will artists play a more important role in understanding context and the nature of change? Will thinkers and makers merge or continue down separate paths? Will design sustain? Let us use disruptive power to change awareness and acting. We play to see, understand and act.

In the Albert van abbehuis the lab presents the website “neochromologism.io” together with the pigments from microalgae and bacteria and their application in a printed publication or 3D printer filament together with the works of Sina Hensel and ELias Heuninck.

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DDW @Plan B "Forget me Not"

‘We are born (originate), we live (exist), we die (decompose)’ A search into our desire to preserve what is. We know life comes to an end, yet there is the desire for eternity. Rhythms of nature, of life, take us along babbling brooks, through storms, across mountains, down our own path. Everything we discover and experience along the way is kept in our memories, they are unique and are hidden in our hearts. Deep down inside, lies a desire to stop these memories of becoming a memory. It is our wish to preserve them and keep them forever. Suppose this was possible. What if we could capture everything in a glass cage, lock it up and believe we could preserve it all. This series of prints is made with natural pigments of algae, they decompose by daylight. If you want to preserve them, you will have to protect them from daylight and keep them in the black box. They will not see the light of day. Therefore, if you want the prints to see daylight, you will have to accept the consequences.

They originate, they exist, but will they ever decompose? This is a question we can ask ourselves in relation to the more and more feasible world that we are creating ourselves. This project is the result of an artistic research conducted by Studio Kars + Boom, supported by the scientific research of School of Arts Ghent.

At Plan B the lab is presented as part of a collaboration with the illustrators “Kars en Boom” and their project “Forget me not”. For that they painted one of the rooms with the pigments from the color research.

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Hack The Lab

The Open BioLab Brussels and Laboratorium are two biological laboratories respectively located in a scientific (biomedical laboratory sciences) and artistic education institution, with a particular focus on transdisciplinary education by offering the students new tools and methodologies.

October 3rd LOCATION Zwarte Zaal, KASK, Campus Bijloke, 9000 Ghent 15h: Guided tour by present artist to the Art-Science exhibition "Seeing together: A Synopsis”. Artists: Annemarie Maes, Peter Beyls, Jerry Galle, Sina Hensel, Pepa Ivanova, Vanessa Müller, Elias Heuninck, Zeger Reyers, María Boto, Kristel Peters.

October 4th LOCATION Erasmushogeschool, Laarbeeklaan 121, 1090 Jette, Brussels 7.20 meet at Gent Sint Pieters 9h: Opening doors 9h20: Welcoming (Tom Peeters- Erasmushogeschool, Maria Boto-KASK, Hogent) 9h30: BioArtist Annemarie Maes (België): "Sensorial Skin: researching bacterial (bio)sensors" 10h15: BioHacker Channel Thomas (Denemarken) aka Little Pinkmaker: “sustainable biomaterials” 11h: Break 11h15: BioHacker Andreas Stuermer (Oostenrijk): "Biology beyond borders" 12h: BioArtist Christina Stadlbauer (Finland): "Ceramic Scar Tissue, an exploration of Kin Tsugi with life matter in the microbiology" 12h45: Lunch 13h30: Workshop

Workshop Channel Thomas This hands-on workshop will give you the skills and knowledge to create your own array of vegan cheeses, milks, creamy spreads and dairy-free desserts. Limitless options for flavours and styles, a great way to impress yourself, your family and your friends.

Workshop Andreas Stuermer 2 million dollars for a syringe? Zolgensma is a gene therapy that is used to treat spinal muscular atrophy. In this workshop we learn how to design DNA with the SMN1 gene as an example, talk about Gene therapies, regulatory hurdles, patents, and the ethics of commercial and potential DIY treatments. This event is made possible with the financial support of the EhB-HOGENT Alliantiefonds


Seeing together: a Synopsis

Often asepticised, secluded and reserved for scientific purposes, a laboratory is a place for scrutiny. Seemingly opposed to the immaculate space of scientific research, is the artist’s studio. Expected to reflect on creativity, the studio tends to be subject to preconceptions. For two types of creativity, two separate shelters. Nonetheless, scientists as well as artists seek « a place providing opportunity for experimentation, observation, or practice in a field of study ».

This exhibition celebrates the research of the Color biolab, offering a transdisciplinary approach to both art and science. The presence of a biolab in an art school, produces bilateral opportunities to thrive and to learn. The symbiotic relationship deriving from this bipolar project, forces one to reconsider and rethink the labels attributed, therefore making the partition between art and science more permeable.

In collaboration with María Boto Ordóñez and Kristel Peters from the LABORATORIUM/Color biolab. With the participation of Peter Beyls, Tim Theo Deceuninck, Sina Hensel, Elias Heuninck, Jerry Galle, Annemarie Maes, Vanessa Müller, Pepa Ivanova and others to be announced. Curated by: Alice Lefebvre and Bert Puype

Opening: 20 September, 2019, from 7pm Exhibition: 18 September – 6 October 019 Mo – Fri: 14:00 – 18:00 Sa – Su: 11:00 – 18:00

Zwarte Zaal – KASK Louis Pasteurlaan 9000 Gent


1m3: Interaction of Color

In the mid-20th century, Josef Albers revolutionised the art world with the publication of his book "Interaction of Color". Published for the first time in 1963 by Yale University Press, it contained a limited edition of 150 silkscreen plates, where Albers showed the relativity of colour.

Until that time, colour, a fundamental part of art education, had been limited to static systems of colour combinations. In disagreement with this approach, Albers questioned this immobility and the separation between the physical colour and perception by developing a series of exercises in collaboration with his students. During his lessons, they explored different aspects of colour behaviour by testing colour combinations, shapes, and techniques. These exercises are collected in "Interaction of Color", translating what was born as an experimental teaching tool, into one of the most used reference books in colour studies nowadays.

For 1m3 some of the silkscreen plates from the first edition are shown along with other artist books from the HoGent School of Art’s library collection. In these books, colour plays a leading role, and its forms and application remind us of the research developed by Josef Albers.

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Color Biolab in Kunstletters

Publication of an interview about the color research project made by Olu Vandenbussche for Kunstletters.

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Color Biolab Workshop: Harbinger Subtle Collisions:

What is color? Chemistry? Light? Perception? Language?

During the Harbinger Subtle Collisions, the Color Biolab organizes a workshop in collaboration to Michael Tytgat (UGent) on the use of colors in quantum physics followed by a hands-on activity with three coloring plants that grow in the Ghent University Botanical Garden (madder, St John's-wort, and European indigo). During the workshop, colors will be extracted and applied in different mediums and formats: scientific publications, pigments, extracts, and dyes, will be used on glass, fabric, and paper. Thanks to Michael Tytgat (UGent), Ghent University Botanical Garden, Laurence de Craene (Industrie Museum) and Huis van Kina.

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Harbinger: Subtle Collisions

A HARBINGER is a forerunner. Historically linked to the idea of providing lodgments in advance, it indicates something or someone foreshadowing events in the future. In the context of the EPS-HEP conference to be held in Ghent this summer, KASK’s ​ 2018 - 2019 Curatorial Studies designed this series of events drawing closer lines between art and science in partnership with art@CMS, a program developed under the CERN experiments in Geneva.

For this project, from LABORATORIUM we will work with the red, green, and blue pigments produced in the Ghent Botanical Garden in collaboration with the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy of Ghent University, as an exercise of translation between different scales and fields. This project intends to be a space of freedom to reflect on the use of common terminology and the possibilities of generating new knowledge by combining both fields.

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Workshop: Verven met natuurlijke indigo

Trio Tinctorius, dat zijn drie mensen die vegetaal verven: ze halen kleur uit de natuur en gebruiken dit als verfstof. Tijdens hun eerste workshop op 15 juni, gebruik je uitsluitend natuurlijke en ecologische producten om een indigovat aan te maken.

Je krijgt eerst een theoretische inleiding door Maria Boto van het colorlab KASK, en daarna zal je samen met Laurence textiel verven met indigobaden. Trio Tinctorius werkt met Japanse shiboritexhniek (tye en dye). Breng gerust zelf een (kleding)stuk mee dat uit natuurlijke vezels (katoen, linnen, zijde,...) bestaat, en dat je graag wil pimpen!

prijs — 40 euro materiaal inbegrepen en geen voorkennis nodig maximum 8 personen inschrijven via ferdinance.crane@gmail.com

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Nieuw kleur DOK

Zondag, 2 juni, stellen ze trouwens het atelier open voor publiek en geven ze een demo over hoe je een tweedehands kledingstuk in een nieuw kleur verft met plantenmateriaal!

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ICA-Belgium COLOUR SYMPOSIUM

The Colour Symposium brings together Belgian and international speakers from various disciplines spanning the fields of art, design, science and technology. A 3-day event encompasses two days of presentations, interactive color exploration, a tour of the Light & Lighting Laboratory and its latest research, film screening and a full day workshop on color education.

Presentations cover the latest color research and application in areas such as art, design, architectural and spatial design, lighting design, film, science and technology, color education and psychology.

LABORATORIUM will be present during the ICA-Belgium Colour Symposium together with other professionals of the color field.

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Picture done with yearofcolour application


ETHO Conference, Aalto University

The third Art and Design Academies Technical Service Workshop was organised by Aalto University in Espoo at 4 and 5 April 2019. Together with Elias Heuninck, Formlab and Laboratorium were presented at the conference.

The conference is held by and for workshop masters and heads of technical staff. Besides attending lectures, we went on a tour of the workshops in Aalto’s new Väre building. The sessions were an excellent opportunity to learn, benchmark and raise questions about the changing roles of the workshop, the workshop master and the students working there.

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RessObject in Kanal-Pompidou Brussels

RessObject will be exhibited by Gluon in Printemps Numérique, a 2-day festival for digital culture initiated by the Brussels Government at museum Kanal - Centre Pompidou in Brussels from 22 until 24 March 2019.

In this work of the artist Jerry Galle, mycelium is growing inside of a PLA sculpture printed by FORMLAB. The deformation is captured by a camera attached to a robot arm and recognized by an AI program.


LEVEND TEXTIEL: printen met algen

Article in the magazine TxP (Magazine over Textilekunst) over one of our workshops on microalgae textile printing written by Manelprints.

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Bright up the chameleon skin to pale

Bright up the chameleon skin to pale Performative experiments of Pepa Ivanova during the Master Seminar.

A discussion of the abiotic condition of light and its manifestation in color appearance, time and transformation. In order to embody that transformation, we will imagine ourselves being in continues mutation where rainbow colors can invade our skin and plastic starts grow out of us into a new set of nature. While our skin becomes a color laboratory I will tell stories of my artistic evolution into numbers/ time/ patterns/ soundscapes/light intensities collector and lover... and currently a PhD researcher.

Skin is a garment. Cosmetics comes from Cosmos.

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Master seminar Art Science and Technology Interactions 2019

In this third edition of the Master Seminar Art, science and technology interactions participants will have an introduction about bioart, synbio, technology and pop, together with a wide number of scientific experiments performed in the lab.

The guest speakers were Pepa Ivanova, Tom Peeters and Kristel Peters.


TFG dyeing with live bacteria

On February 6th we organized a workshop with bachelor students at ELISAVA on dyeing with living bacteria.

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Master in Design through New Materials

During this course, the participants will have an introduction to the use of biomaterials, specifically pigments derived from microorganisms. From the current design context to practical work with microalgae and bacteria (methods, applications…), this course aims to show not only how biotechnology provides tools, materials and methodologies that can be used in design/artistic creations, but also the implications and questions generated during a transdisciplinary research.

January 17th and 18th. February 5th.

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FARO

We will be at Ter Vesten cultural center in Beveren the 17th of November presenting FARO, an experimental movie based on the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction. A work made in collaboration with Elias Heuninck.

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Fibre-fixed

We will participate in the exhibition Fibre-Fixed at the Design Museum in Ghent together with FORMLAB and the artist Jerry Galle with a 3D-organic shape that grows monitorised by a AI system.

From 26.10.2018 to 21.04.2019

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Du pourpre à la pourpre colloquium

On October 13th and 14th in Brussels, a colloquium about the color purple will be carried out by Nuances de Plantes. Historians and makers will reflect about the meaning of the color and the origin (murex). Laboratorium will present alternative purples derived from bacteria and algae.

In parallel, there is a collective exhibition of works made in purple obtained from plants and animals pigments.

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Screen printing with algae and plants at Ghent Industrie Museum

In collaboration with the Museum of Industry in Ghent, we will screen print with algae and plants used in the color research during the museum opening festival. The demonstration will be the 29th and 30th of September from 15h to 17h.

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Mar Menor Lab: Art+Science in an emergency landscape

From 09-11-2018 to 09-16-2018 in Mar Menor, Murcia (Spain), we will participate in the summer school about art and ecology, Mar Menor Lab: Art+Science in an emergency landscape with the project "Land of Diatoms" together with Susana Cámara Leret. During this summer school, "Land of Diatoms" proposes the creation of a mobile lab, addressing the reconfigurations of the territory through the migrations of live diatoms in the Mar Menor.

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Grow your own spirulina algae!

First session in collaboration with ReaGent about how to grow spirulina at home: from the starter culture to the final product. On June 6th at 19h.

Second session: Algae application on fabric. On June 20th at 19h.

Location: ReaGent (Wispelbergstraat 2 9000 Gent)

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Wood Fungi Conference

As part of the collaboration with Mycelia and Zeger Reyers, we will present the results of The Colours of the Oyster Mushroom workshop during the Wood Fungi Conference celebrated in Handelsbeurs, Ghent.
June 3rd-6th.

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Workshop Hack the Pigment // Spirulina Session

Het Werkhuis, in collaboration with Laboratorium and Wabi.labo, organizes a workshop on Spirulina (cyanobacterium Arthrospira). Spirulina is not only a food supplement but a rich source of natural colors such as carotenes (orange), chlorophyll (green) and phycocyanins (blue). In this workshop, you will learn how to grow spirulina at home and use it as a pigment for textile printing. By controlling the degradation of the pigment, you can have a wide range of blue and green colors that will change on your fabric over time. Together we will look for the possibilities in different printing techniques, and you will go home with your own creation and the necessary knowledge for carrying on your own experimentation. "Hack the pigment sessions" is an open source study of the use, creation and formal application of colors.

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Gent aan Zee

During the climate festival 'Gent aan Zee', Laboratorium presented its research on sustainable materials through the construction of a beach setting. Visitors were able to sit in chairs printed with algae, wear mushroom flip-flops, embroidery bacterial leather and use their creativity for painting with sustainable pigments a parasol. Gent aan Zee is a climate festival in the Bijloke where organizations, individuals and companies show initiatives developed in Ghent to combat the climate change by proposing sustainable alternatives to daily life activities.

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Future Materials

A poster printed with algae ink was presented in the exhibition Future Materials organized by Handmade in Bruges. The poster was made by using inks derived from the Color Biolab research project and designed and printed by Open Source Publishing. This exhibition shows the possibilities of using bio-based innovative sustainable materials by craftsmen: experimentation and application.

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Opendeurdag KASK 2018

During the school Opendeur dag in the greenhouse located in one of the gardens of KASK the results The Colours of the OYSTER MUSHROOM workshop were presented: How to grow oyster mushrooms step by step, how to cook them or use them as an artistic artefact. Growing brushes, newspapers, jackets or chairs were full of delicious mushrooms that were tasted following the "Fennel- Oyster mushroom pasta By Pien & Zeger Reyers" recipe.


Projectweek 2018: Algae print

A group of students from the fashion department designed five iconic fashion motives to be printed with algae: animal, cashmere, flowers and pied de poule. The green-blue print derived from the algae was later applied in fabric, paper, and second-hand clothes.


Colour Day Conference 2018

For the Belgian International Colour day in La Cambre, Brussel, we had the opportunity to present our work (The Color Biolab: transdisciplinary research on color) and discuss with other color professionals on topics as color psychology or color biology.

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Project week 2018: The Colours of the Oyster Mushroom

The experimental bio lab for art and design LABORATORIUM offered a workshop about oyster mushrooms. We focused on the life cycle of the oyster mushroom where waste becomes food. Meanwhile, different disciplines were touched: from biology, landscape architecture, economics, installation building, documenting colors, to the art of cooking. Oysters are one of the most versatile mushrooms and very edible. They are easy to cultivate and common all over the world. Oyster mushrooms can be beneficial to the body and break down toxic chemicals. They are also stunning and grow in a broad spectrum of colors. By starting to grow them on several objects, we were taught and led by artist and mushroom expert Zeger Reyers (NL) and the KASK LABORATORIUM to transform different objects in a substrate for this organism.


Experimenteel Zeefdrukken Met Algenverf

Twelve participants between 12 and 18 years old experimented with spirulina and screen printing in the Batterie. After an introduction about algae, algae pigments and how to grow them at home, participants made screen printing in wood by using spirulina.The printing patterns were a selection of participant's special points in google maps, and the green shades were obtained by mixing spirulina with the screen printing binding product.

This workshop was organised by Handmade in Brugge in collaboration De Batterie and LABORATORIUM

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Master seminar Art Science and Technology Interactions 2018

In this second edition of the Master Seminar Art, science and technology interactions participants had an introduction about bioart, biodesign and the role of science in our daily culture, together with a wide number of scientific experiments performed in the lab. Living organisms as yeasts, bacteria, algae and protozoa, chemical reactions as B-Z reaction or crystallization processes are part of this seminar that pretends to show and reflect on the possibilities of new materials and methodologies in art and design practice.

The guest speakers were Zeger Reyers, Bram Crevits and Kristel Peters.


Prepositions in Artistic research Symposium

For the conference Prepositions in Artistic research, organized by Arts Platform Brussels and ARTO, Laboratorium presented LABORATORIUM: experimental biolab for Art-Science research. Art-Science projects are becoming more and more popular. Scientific institutions are inviting artists to participate in their research, offering space, expertise and equipment. But what about performing scientific research within an artistic context as an art academy? What kind of cross-pollination will be the outcome? In this conference, we questioned the methodology followed, the knowledge generated, as well as the language and context to present and communicate the results in transdisciplinary research.

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WoooW Festival

LABORATORIUM participated in the science week 2017 with a workshop on color in MIAT. In this workshop pH, density, surface tension, capillarity and other scientific concepts were explained while doing colorful experiments with a group of young scientists/artists.

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Belgian Society for Microbiology Conference

Belgian Society for Microbiology Conference

We present the results of our collaboration with the Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET), Ghent, Belgium in the Anual Conference of Belgian Society for Microbiology. Inspiring photographs, colorful bacterial drawings and original designed lab-tools were obtained as outcome, reflecting on the limit between both disciplines, the aesthetic of science and the use of living organism for artistic proposes. This project aimed to establish a dialogue between art-science, questioning traditional parameters of scientific and artistic production and opening new approaches to academic research to improve, optimize and extend the outreach activities in both areas of knowledge.

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Traditional dyeing

In collaboration with the fashion department from KASK, we did an introduction course on natural dyeing by using madder, weld, cochineal, logwood, buckthorn bark, and alkanet. A wide range of red, yellow, blue, purple and green colors was obtained as result of different dyeing materials in combination with different mordants.


X-Ray: Laboratorium @KASK

  • Thursday 18 May 2017 at 20h30
  • Friday 19 May 2017 at 20h30
  • Saturday 20 May 2017 at 20h30

X-Ray: Laboratorium explores the boundaries between art and science by presenting a group of short films where the filmmakers have entered in the laboratory looking for inspiration, tools and methodologies. Full of intriguing images, between the natural and the artificial, the organic and the inorganic, X-Ray: Laboratorium ranges from chemical reactions to space research.

X-Ray: Laboratorium is compiled by Joost Rekveld and is organized in collaboration with LABORATORIUM, the experimental lab for art/design and biotechnology at Atelier Mediakunst, KASK School of Arts Ghent.


Master Seminar: Art, science and technology interactions 2017

In the past few decades, there is a growing number of art, science and technology collaborations. This seminar offered the possibility to explore the interactions between these fields and places this contemporary phenomenon within a larger cultural, historical and political context.

KASK’s recently installed experimental bio-lab for art and design ‘Laboratorium’ functioned as the concrete starting point for the seminar, led by Bram Crevits (Media Art) and María Boto (Science).

Not only the emerging biotechnology has provided tools, materials and methodologies to artistic creations, but also this intersection generates questions and discussions that traditionally have been limited to the scientific community. On the other hand, new approaches to a particular topic could bring unexpected solutions or research lines that rarely would be obtained in traditional academic contexts. Collaborations between art and science engage explicitly in the fields of change of our socio-technical world. Both from a cultural or artistic approach and from a scientific or technology approach, it is a context requiring openness, challenging and expanding both the notion of art and of science.

The aim of this seminar was to give a general overview of art-science collaborations by presenting several examples, developing a critical approach to them, and exploring hands-on possibilities and challenges of the dialogue between science and artistic research.

Guest speakers: Paula Pin, Kristel Peters, Peter Beyls and Joost Rekveld.


Indigo workshop

Together with the researcher Clara Vankerschaver, from the textile department, a workshop about indigo has been organized. Moving from the chemistry behind indigo color to a practical experience with several fabrics, the participants will create beautiful blue hues.


Vlaamse Wetenschapsweek in KASK

For the first time, the School of Arts KASK participated in the Vlaamse Wetenschapsweek with a workshop ran by two researchers from the school, Kristel Peters and María Boto. The workshop was split into two parts: the first part was focused on the mycelium, where the students were able to create their own mycelium sculpture, followed by the second part where color was used to explain several scientific concepts by creating ephemeral art pieces. Eight participants from Koninklijk Atheneum Voskenslaan experimented with biology, physics or chemistry, breaking the boundaries between art, design and science.


Colour and vision, Natural History Museum, London

As part of the color research project developed in KASK, we had the opportunity to visit the exhibition “Colour and vision” at the Natural History Museum of London, and also to talk about colors with Dr. Suzanne Williams, a scientific researcher who helped design the exhibition content along with Dr Greg Edgecombe and Ms Fiona Cole-Hamilton.

We are surrounded by colours, and the gate to enjoy them is the eye. For that reason, the first part of the exhibition, after Liz West’s art installation, was focused on the evolution of the eye, that unavoidably goes in parallel to the increase of colors in nature. The evolution from light sensors to much more complex structures supposed an important change not only for the living organisms themselves but also for the environment.

An overview from the Precambrian Eon until now shows the evolution of eyes: first fossils, especially trilobites, and then a wide range of existing animals with different eye structures: arthropods, mollusks, cnidarians, onychophora and finally mammals.

The second part of the exhibition was dedicated to color in nature. What is color, where it can come from and how we perceive and interpret it. Visible and non-visible molecules. Derived from natural pigments, complex physical structures and the combination of both. Color stability and its importance in nature: colors to survive and to thrive.

Pigments are carotenoids, melanin, flavonoids, porphyrins, etc. They are found in vegetables like carrots, in animals such as flamingos and in our daily life products. However, there are some colors that the human eye can not perceive, as the fluoresce red of porphyrins under UV light in some mollusks.

There is a clear idea about the reason why some colors are present in nature, but not in every case. In the exhibition, the presence of colors in some animals is shown as a way of camouflaging, showing status, gender identification, facilitation of reproduction and feeding, light harvesting, etc. The color of an innocent ladybird warns us of the toxicity of its body, and marine iguanas use dark colors to store heat before going into cold water.

At the end of the exhibition, a video invites us to re-think our capability as humans to see, perceive and feel, by listening to the two scientists responsible for the exhibition -Dr. Suzanne Williams and Dr. Greg Edgecombe- and two artists, Liz West and Neil Harbisson, colorblind but able to hear colors through a camera implanted in his head.

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