BIOS Zone 5: The Evolving Zone

Zone 5 was an evolving zone featuring base content by Maggie Buxton documenting experiments with bio-plastics, 3D printing and stereo microscopy.

Cylindrical lightboxes commissioned by Lindsay Marks displayed content from creatives participating in the Lab and collaborating with Maggie in an ever-changing constellation of digital and physical artefacts. At times, SEADS BIOMODD (ABD14) content appeared as VR, images representing AwhiWorld’s commitment to activating portals between alternative realities.

(Image by Taylor Lee – BIOS visitor)

Documentation and Process

This zone celebrated a process-oriented approach and the importance of documentation and experimentation. Too often, there is a preoccupation with resolution in art – the result packaged nicely for an audience.

In this area, work in progress from those participating in BIOS was displayed alongside that of the curator, emphasising the critical importance of collaboration and connection between different realities when working on creative practice.

Portals and Parallel Realities

Maggie is clear that solving intractable issues will only happen by opening portals between disciplines, cultures, mindsets and realities. Innovation happens through mixing worlds not segregating them.

The evolving zone celebrates these junctures and allows those who attend the lab to have a physical space to display their experiments.


Portal Making

Acknowledgements to Lindsay Marks for making the cylindrical lightboxes for this space using Duracrete (concrete pouring) cardboard, perspex and his crafting skills.

The portals can be projected onto and will display content with LED lights illuminating them from beneath.

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