Fat as Soft Architecture: The Spontaneous Transformation of Lipids into Organic Microstructures with Predefined Biophysical Properties
Over millions of years, nature developed an organic membrane to shelter materials choosing a versatile class of molecules, the lipids. This is a transdisciplinary investigation—within the fields of media art and biochemistry—that explores the potential of lipids, self-assembly processes and artificial membranes upon creative practice. We are introducing organic microstructures that were grown using fats and technology based on lipid bilayers. By influencing the spontaneous morphogenesis of lipids into boundary structures it was possible to create soft architectures with unique patterns. This research wants to capitalize on the relevance of lipid molecules as unique media for artistic expression, concerned not only with the synthesis of artificial cells, but also with material principles based on self-organization and molecular interactions.
KeywordsArtificial membrane Tubular structures Soft architecture Biomedia art
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