BA Design graduation project in The Times

While the 2017 BA Design show HYPHEN is still open, one of the projects has already made an appearance in the press. Sydney Schaefer used her own saliva as a fermentation agent for a range of alcoholic drinks. Today, Sydney’s project was featured in The Times:

For the perfect pina colada take some chilled pineapple juice and mix it with the freshest coconut. Add a little Malibu and sugar and stir. Then, of course, finish off with lashings of fermented human saliva.

Brick Lane in London is used to serving trendy drinks to the East End’s novelty-hungry hipsters. Few will have tasted a drink quite as novel as this.

As part of her end-of-degree art show Sydney Schaefer, 23, from Goldsmiths, University of London, has harnessed the amylase enzymes in her own saliva to produce alcohol for a project exploring other uses for things humans make naturally.

Goldsmiths Design student Lena Asai featured in article on biohacking

BBC Focus Magazine published an article on biohacking in its December 2015 issue, which mentioned Goldsmiths Design student Lena Asai:

London’s Biohackspace currently has about 20 regular members from various backgrounds, ranging from artists to engineers. Most have no scientific training. Lena Asai, a design student at Goldsmiths, University of London, got interested after seeing biology-inspired art at a museum in her native Japan, where a scientist suggested she find a community lab. That led her to Biohackspace.

“They didn’t know what to do with me in the beginning,” explains Asai. “The first thing I said was, ‘I want to play around with DNA and stuff’. Obviously I didn’t know anything back then!” She has since attended a bootcamp at University College London (UCL) to learn basic genetic modification techniques. Her goal is to bring scientists and artists together. “We’re not doing science just for fun,” she says. “A communal lab is a great place where we should initiate collaboration.”

Read the whole article on Science Focus