Art/Science Cross-pollination: Design Academy meets WUR

Curious to see what happens if you team up scientists with artists? Check out the presentations by students of the Design Academy.

Organisator Impulse

di 12 juni 2018 12:00 tot 14:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

In February, Wageningen PhD students were matched with students of the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Nine PhD students, with topics such as improved use of turmeric and urban agriculture, were connected with students from the Design department Food Non Food.

The exact nature and intensity of the exchange of ideas, or even collaboration between the sciences and the arts/design, was up to the individual teams.
On June 12 the design students present their work: Design pieces based on design research reflecting on the projects of the PhD students.

Design Academy supervisors: Arne Hendriks & Marije Vogelzang.

7 inspiring research titles & 11 presentations

Folake Idowu-Adebayo | Turmeric

Research topic

Improved use of turmeric (Curcuma longa) in traditional foods to advance the livelihoods of local populations through better nutrition in Nigeria.

Design research

Anne Kamp: A stage is created for the Turmeric at the dining table. Turmeric will play the main character and it’s golden color will appear in the food as well in the textiles of the table.

Guilia Pompilj: Turmeric and is potential related to skin renewal.

Camille Brabant: Turmeric as potentially cure to everything. What if the plant's smoke -used in traditional medicine- was also part of our 'official' medicine.

Deng, Ying | Dietary proteins

Research topic

Effects of processing of dietary proteins on their immunogenicity.

Design Research

Marie Declerfayt: How does drinking milk wage war on a cellular level? Because heat is applied to milk during the industrial preservation processes an inflammatory reaction is triggered in the intestines. The cells alert the body of a foreign element, or invader, to be eliminated. Immune clash (working title) makes the inside visible on the outside through reenacting this process. Two players drink milk while reproducing the inner invisible battle of the macrophages.

Haverkamp, Beatrijs | Health inequalities

Research topic

Health inequalities between socioeconomic groups and the philosophical question if and why they are unjust.

Design research

Fiona Herrod and Anna Diljá Sigurðardóttir: Looking at the public bathing in relation to the visibility of public health.
By Re-establishing the public bathhouse as the space where we are confronted with not just our health but also the health of others we could make health publicly debatable again.

Jansma, Jan Eelco & Brons, Anke | Food/Health in cities

Research topic

Sustainable food systems in cities: case-study: Almere.

Design research

Tessa de Groot: The spontaneous spread of vegetable seeds in Oosterwold.

Sorrel Madley: Collective organisation intervention

Jeffe van Holle: A small social intervention is designed to provoke collaboration and exchange of knowledge on urban gardening between the various settlers in Oosterwold.

Zutphen, Moniek van | Lifestyle patterns and cancer

Research topic

Lifestyle patterns after colorectal cancer diagnosis: role in cancer recurrence, comorbidities and survival.

Design research

Paula Schulenberg: The project ‚You are the environment‘ communicates the body as an integral and inseparable space of the environment by the example of plastics.

Bekele, Tesfaye Hailu | Dietary guidelines for healthy eating

Research topic

Scientific foundations for developing and validating food-based dietary guidelines and a healthy eating index for Ethiopia.

Design research

Julie Abraham: Looking for a way to simply materialize Tesfaye’s Dietary Guidelines to solve the Ethiopian’s malnutrition issue. Not everybody can read or write in Ethiopia, the goal of the project is to make Tesfaye’s work reachable and understandable to everybody.

Prarthana Mohanraju & Wen Wu | CRISPRCas

Design research

Quang Bich Tran: If light is equated to life and DNA is the building block, why not go one step further and use accessible genetic editing to program and direct gene-expression in cells.
Using CRISPR technology that facilitates gene editing on a precise scale, this project uses colored light to control movement, growth patterns and chemical compositions of a living cell in real time.
By programming a library of functions that are color-encoded, the cells are activated and then executed depending on purpose.