Works & References

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Silk Pavilion II at MoMA 2020


Cambridge (USA), Sep 2018 – Feb 2020
Team: João Costa, Christoph Bader︎, Sunanda Sharma︎, Susan Williams︎, Jean Disset︎, Neri Oxman

Silk Pavilion II explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales. Its silk membrane was produced on a custom developed fabrication platform in Italy in collaboration with the of Sericulture Laboratory (CREA-AA) Padova. A project of the Mediated Matter Group developed at MIT Media Lab


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ZG Stardust


Cambridge (USA), August 2019
Team: Sunanda Sharma︎, Joseph Kennedy, Neri Oxman

How might zero gravity space affect silk spinning, and what benefits might such material properties provide for digital fabrication and additive manufacturing once back on Earth? Project ZG Stardust explores the broader theme of material formulation and fabrication in microgravity, particularly the spinning of silk by silkworms. A project of The Mediated Matter Group developed at MIT Media Lab.


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Totems (Broken Nature - XXII Triennale die Milano)


Cambridge (USA), August 2019
Team: Sunanda Sharma︎, Christoph Bader︎, Rachel Soo Hoo Smith, Joseph Kennedy, João Costa, Susan Williams︎, Neri Oxman

The installation designed for Broken Nature - XXII Triennale die Milano features a demonstration of melanin production on an architectural scale for deployment in specific environmental contexts. A project of The Mediated Matter Group developed at MIT Media Lab.


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Adaptable Meshes (Paper for Form and Force Congress)


Cambridge (USA), March 2019
Team: João Costa, Christoph Bader, Susan Williams︎, Jean Disset︎ and Neri Oxman

Adaptable Meshes describes an approach developed by the Mediated Matter Group, which uses a stream of hot air to deposit and to bond a thread with itself in multiple locations. The custom designed end-effector heats up a PLA-coated fiber core. This enables the construction of membranes, starting with only a minimal set of rods as initial anchoring points for a network of threads. The system was developed as part of the Silk II research project.


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Maiden Flight


Cambridge (USA), Sept 2018 – June 2019
Team: Rachel Soo Hoo Smith, Ren Ri, Jean Disset︎, João Costa, Sunanda Sharma︎, Christoph Bader, Gabriel Owens-Flores, Miana Smith, Natalia Casas, Neri Oxman.

Maiden Flight is an autonomous payload module, “Nanolab”, built for studying the behavior of honey queen bees and their retinue in the context of space travel. Two Nanolabs were produced and successfully sent on the 11th unmanned Blue Origin New Shepard flight in early 2019 in West Texas, performed with a reused vehicle, the New Shepard III. A project of The Mediated Matter Group developed at MIT Media Lab.


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Fragments by Random International


London (UK), September 2016

Project/Design lead for kinetic artwork 'Fragments AP1' presented 2016 at PACE Gallery NYC. Development of mechanical platform to be used and serviced in multiple editions. Conception and design of innovative tracking system to enable interaction between artwork and viewer. A project by Random International.


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Swarm Study VI editions by Random International


London (UK), October 2014 – May 2016

Production and assembly of two editions of Swarm Study VI as well as supervision and scheduling production of 6 following editions. A project by Random International.


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Rain Room (Shanghai) by Random International


London (UK), September 2015

Initial operation of Random International's Rain Room Shanghai at the YUZ Museum, conception and delivery of a bilingual workshop for museum staff. A project by Random International.


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Bristlers (BA Thesis)


Halle (Germany), June 2014

Speculative design project considering the implications of technological advancement for our everyday life. A speculative gadget made from porcelain, hair electronics (functional model). A project developed at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle.

Porcelosia - A kinetic ceramic structure


Halle (Germany), October 2013

Research and product development into ceramics in the architectural context. A cooperation with Fernanda Pizá and Marija Skoko. A project developed at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle.


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Design Research Die innere Form


Halle (Germany), October 2012
Credits: Amelie Schleifenheimer, Christof Pfleiderer, Hannes Trommer

Initiated as an independent study, "Die innere Form" is a design research project exploring the emotional ties between the user and the object. A collaboration developed at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle.


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