Professor Laura Forlano explores biomaterials through a speculative prototype

IIT Institute of Design associate professor Laura Forlano, Galina Mihaleva of Nanyang Technological University, and  Anne McKnight of Shirayuri University, created a speculative prototype in the form of a cocoon to find ways of prototyping sociotechnical systems theory in physical form using speculative design methods.

The team conducted research about the history of silkworms in Japan considering themes of cosmopolitanism and regionalism, authenticity and adaptation, human and non-human, real and artificial, and gender. The prototype draws on the history of science, speculative design, multi species ethnography, and design as inquiry in order to materialize theoretical arguments and issues of concern.

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