A speculative project on the implications of synthetic biology in manufacturing.
What does it mean to design a living organism? Is it ethical to apply logical engineering principles to organic living materials? Can a harmonious balance really be achieved between the unpredictable nature of biological systems and the structured components of engineering and manufacturing? Or will one field inevitably overtake the other and cause more harm than good?
SeeDesign is a speculative investigation around the uses of this combination of technology and biology is essential to informing future designers, engineers, scientists, and manufacturers about the potentialities of the field. It examines the implication of a speculative technology that makes biological manufacturing accessible by 3D printing seeds. The project raises questions like what does it mean to manufacture a living organism as a commodity? Could our interactions with genetically modified organisms in products produce the same fears associated with GMOS that we have today? Would these fears be realized in a different way by altering our own genetic codes and our relationship with nature?