2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Why the World Needs Biological Design

Saturday, March 12
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Westin Austin Downtown
Paramount 2-3
310 E 5th ST

Biotechnology is spreading into every aspect of our lives—from our foods, medicines to our everyday products. How might we harness living things to improve the form and function of our made world—our garments, buildings, foods, and infrastructure? Until now, biotechnology has excited the public about greener modes of production, but it has also generated fear. Our speakers will explore how we can use design to envision potential futures, and suss out what's possible, probable, desirable and even potentially catastrophic. Join a leading artist, exhibition designer, and policy specialist as they debate biological design.

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Christina Agapakis at SXSW

Christina Agapakis

Creative Dir

Ginkgo BioWorks

Christina Agapakis is creative director of Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company bringing biology to technology. She is a biologist, writer, and artist interested in microbes, fermentation, a...

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Daniel Gruskin at SXSW

Daniel Gruskin



Daniel Grushkin is a freelance journalist who covers the intersection of biology, culture and business. Hi blog Biohackers appears on PopSci.com. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, B...

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Kathy High



Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist working in the areas of technology, science, speculative fiction and art. She produces videos and installations posing queer and feminist inquiries into ar...

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Romie Littrell at SXSW

Romie Littrell


The Tech Museum of Innovation

Romie Littrell focuses on health- and biotech-related exhibits and programs. Formerly a bioartist and instructor at the UCLA Art|Sci Center, he developed interactive bio- and nano-science-based mul...

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