Biohack the Economy looks at possibles roles of biohacking and micro-organisms in shaping our financial futures, narrated through biological processes and model making. The project is based around a single one-million Greek Drachma note, first issued in 1944 in response to hyperinflation. Through development of special bio-printing technique, the designer enables direct replication of microbial fauna residing on the surface of the note, transforming an obsolete, and effectively ‘dead’ currency into a living and transient, ‘biological money’.
The living prints were then used as a starting point to ask questions about ways in which microbes could be implemented in our everyday lives, especially in the context of finance:How could these be grown, genetically programmed, and controlled as an alternative currency and/or commodity? And what are the social, cultural and political implications of such scenarios?
Features Digital Weekend, London Design Festival, V&A Museum, London Green Light District, Budafabriek, Kortrijk, Belgium De Standaard Newspaper, Belgium & Netherlands Special thanks Imperial College Advanced Hackspace (ICAH) Adam Peacock (3D modelling)