Workshop accompanying the Driving the Human Festival

Biocomposite Matrix

Fri, November 20, 2020 – Sun, November 22, 2020, Workshop,

Workshop by Kim André Lange  in cooperation with the Bio Design Lab 

How can we produce shapes and objects without having to resort to common composite materials? And how can we apply this knowledge decentralized on a basic level for everyone?

For 2.5 days, we will immerse ourselves in the world of biocomposites and learn not only about local and regional raw materials, but also produce bioplastics ourselves in order to use them to design already known or completely new objects.

Via joint zoom-lectures during the »Driving the Human Festival« on the ZKM Homepage and temporary live-interventions on Instagram we will therefore experimentally work out, test and critically question all the individual steps of the production process from raw material to the finished end product.

Workshop Language: English/ German

The Workshop is open to all interested parties and can be joined without registration.

Materials you will need to join experimenting:
250 g corn starch
100 ml glycerol
0.5l white vinegar
1x vaseline
1x roll baking paper
Diverse fibers collected/bought from local plants like: nettle, hemp, bark, straw, weeds, hay, soft dry leaves (…)

Possible moldings with even surface that could be used, like:
little trash bin, cup, bowl, boxes, bucket, tray (…)

Tools you will need:
1 x stove
2x table spoon
2x tea spoon
1x whisk
1x silicone spatula
1x big pot
1x scale
1x measuring cup


Fri, November 20, 2020:
6.30 pm: Start of the festival
7.30 pm: Presentation of the Lab

Sat, November 21, 2020:
11-12:00 Uhr: Introduction to the topic + material viewing via live stream
6 pm: Q&A live via Instagram

Sun, November 22, 2020:
11 am -12 pm: (Interim) presentation of the results  via live stream 
6 pm: Final Round + Open Lab Discussion live via Instagram

The event via live stream
Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe