Headspace - on scent as design

Headspace is a one-day symposium on the conception, impact, and potential applications of scent.
I am glad to be one of the guest speakers among designers, scientists, artists and perfumers.
The formulation and articulation of the project has been a collaboration Parsons, MoMA, IFF, and  SEED magazine.

March 26, 2010

The New School,
Tishman Auditorium

66 West 12th Street,
off 6th Avenue


Pathogen Hunter

Pathogen Hunter project explores how disease monitoring might change our health etiquette. Surveillance personnel - Pathogen Hunters - would be specially trained with very particular tools to manage infectious outbreaks. But no matter how clean we are or how healthy we feel, we still carry billions of microbes on our bodies.
Will we change our behaviour by preventing the spread of pathogens to others? What will be the consequences for our social conventions?

Mikael Metthey
Susana Soares

Steak Studio
Marcelo Vianna

Thanks to:
Miguel Fernandes Ceia
Filipa Alves de Sousa
Milan Metthey
Annabella Maneljuk
Lotan Satir
Rowan Brooks
James Wood

EPSRC - Impact! Exhibition
Helen Bailey

RCA Design Interactions Department
Prof. Anthony Dunne
Fiona Raby

AptaMEMS-ID - Newcastle University

Courtesy Prof. Calum McNeil

The AptaMEMS-ID project brings together a multi-disciplinary team with complementary expertise to further develop nano-enabled sensor systems towards the detection of infectious organisms. The primary aim of AptaMEMS-ID is to develop patient-side, nano enabled devices capable of detecting target bacteria within minutes.

Impact project collaborators:
Prof. Calum McNeil
Prof. Colin Harwood
Dr James Henderson
Dr Neil Keegan
Dr. Phillip Manning 
Ms Becci Sharrock
Mrs Julia Spoors

Microscopic life-forms

Illustration by Steak Studio

Ever since their discovery, bacteria have held both scientific and creative minds in their thrall. Nor are the public at large immune to an obsession with these microscopic yet paradoxically high-profile life-forms. But has the threat they pose to human health been overblown?
The disconcerting truth is that, even in the developed world, bacterial infections remain a major cause of illness and mortality. And with some strains showing increased resistance to antibiotics, the need to rapidly pinpoint hospital patients infected by or simply carrying, harmful bacteria has never been greater.

Pathogen Hunter project is based on AptaMEMS-ID a research project from the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologies in Newcastle University.

IMPACT! project

IMPACT! exhibition is a collaboration between EPRSC, RCA Design Interactions Department and NESTA.

16 design projects were developed by students, graduates and staff from Royal College of Art Design Interactions Department and are based on a research project supported by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council).

The projects explore the impacts, implications and alternative views of how science could influence our future.

IMPACT! exhibition

16 — 21 March 2010
11 .00 am — 5.30 pm
Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

A unique collaboration between science and design that explores the
importance of engineering and physical sciences in all aspects of our lives.