Alive, New Design Frontiers
As part of the curation, Collet also commissioned five new pieces of work from architects Philip Beesley, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen (Head of CITA Research Centre, Royal Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen); Ecologic Studio (London) and designers Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and Suzanne Lee (BioCouture). 'Alive' also included the world premiere of several projects developed specifically for the exhibition, including the first shoe created with bacteria (Suzanne Lee) and the first algae printer (Marin Sawa).
What is common to these projects is their ambitious optimism and the centrality of design as a way of thinking and pursuing research […] in continuous movement between vision and realisation, intuition and hard insight, empiricism and theory, being grounded and being out there […] at the core is the creativity and vision that artists and designer bring to the imagining and realisation of new futures.
Professor Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Pro-Vice Chancellor, UAL.