Developed as part of my residency at Medialab Prado, in Madrid, Spain.

Fermenting kombucha produces a layer of  bacteria cellulose, also called SCOBY or mother. The SCOBY is a latent life form, it can be dried, distributed or stored like seeds. When it is re-immersed into its preferred environment (water, sugar, tea) it will awaken and start reproducing again. The SCOBY is a living archive.

The SCOBY as biomaterial has many applications: artificial skin and vessels, flexible monitors, vegan leather for fashion, sustainable packaging..etc. In a series of seminar workshops open to the public, I explore new methods of working with this material, in the form of bio-inflatables and soft robotics.

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