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MFA DT Student Marta Molina Gomez Creates “Engineering Agar”

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AMT recently talked with Marta Molina Gomez, a second year MFA Design and Technology student, about her project Engineering Agar. Learn more below!
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What prompted you to create the project Engineering Agar?
Since taking BioArt last semester, I started asking myself questions that I never had before. In particular, I started to have a big interest in bio-materials and how technology has been influencing biology. It is giving us new and almost unbelievable possibilities that we don’t ever consider in the every day life.
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What was your medium for the project and why did you use it?
I wanted to use technology to create a new medium for artists and designers. The material I used is agar, a vegetal gelatin much stronger than regular gelatin. It solidifies at room temperature and it is the main medium to grow any living organism.
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What steps did you take and where do you hope to go with it?
I worked on reshaping this material into a more organic form to build artificial environments for living organisms – in this case I used slime mold. I continued working on this project to create a collaboration between microorganisms and their synthetic environments in labs. The next step is to be able to build these environments with a 3D printer for an identical reproduction of each piece.
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Thanks Marta! Looking forward to seeing more on your upcoming progress in the program!
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