Location of the exhibition: Amsterdam Passenger Terminal (NL)

For the 2021 World Bio Markets Congress, ASN will present an exhibition combining the worlds of art and innovation. It reached out to universities, research institutes and industries in order to provide an extraordinary perspective on the bio-economy to the field’s key-players and stakeholders, through the means of art exhibition.
The exhibition titled Capture the Future(s): OUR BIO-TECH PLANET. The Routes to Roots Network and Beyond will bridge two interdisciplinary ASSET projects: CHIC & Rhizosphere and show various artwork created by international artists in collaboration with scientists in the field of life sciences and biotechnology.

TITLE    Capture the Future(s): OUR BIO-TECH PLANET. The Routes to Roots Networks and Beyond

DATE    29-31.03.2021

LOCATION World Bio Markets Congress at Amsterdam Passenger Terminal

Andre Bartetzki, Marta Bączek, Anna Dumitru, Marille Hahne, Joanna Hoffmann, Małgorzata Kaczmarek, Larys Łubowicki, Pei-Ying Lin, Paulina Misiak, Fortunata Obrąpalska, Alex May, Jill Scott, Piotr Słomczewski, Maria Subczyńska, Jadwiga Subczyńska, Diana Taukin

World Bio Markets is an annual congress of key-players in the field of bio-economy. It is the largest meeting of delegates from research institutions, companies, start-ups, universities, organizations, industries in Europe. The next World Bio Markets will take place at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, from March 29-31, 2021. Organized by ASN partner, Bio Market Insights, World Bio Markets’ goal is to connect the bio-industry value chain, from lab to market, and driving change through commercially viable and sustainable innovation.

“Why World Bio Markets is more important than ever? We are facing rapidly evolving socio-economic and environmental challenges that have us on a collision course with some of humanity’s most existential threats. We need to act fast to avert disaster. Fortunately, human ingenuity and technical innovation are keeping pace with change and offering hope for a future that will enable us to sustainably fuel, clothe, feed and heal a growing population on a rapidly evolving planet. World Bio Markets 2020 is at the nexus of this revolution, attracting the innovators that are driving tangible results from lab to market.”

(From World Bio Market Brochure)

ASN is proud to present an exhibition bridging two of its interdisciplinary ASSET (Art/ Sciene/ Society/ Education/ Technology = Innovation) projects: CHIC & Rhizosphere, providing survey of artworks created by international artists in collaboration with scientists in the field of life sciences and biotechnology:

In the face of threats and challenges of the age of Anthropocene, we turn to the roots – not only to metaphorical ones, but to incredibly effective and durable plant root-systems that have evolved over millions of years.  How can we use wise knowledge “from the roots” to improve the quality of our shared / community life, and wisely head towards what we do want to become, towards the world in which we want to live?

The exhibition involves interdisciplinary conversations, which aim to raise awareness of the environmental and social-political issues of our time. In this mutual exchange, artists instigated by new scientific researches related to sustainable solutions to bio development, genetic engineering, ecology, etc. In their turn, scientists, bioengineers and stakeholders in the bio-economy can engage in a productive dialogue with creative people that promotes the visibility of their projects.

CHIC INNOVATION CONSORTIUM – Artist in Residence program

CHIC is an EU Horizon 2020 Project in Biotech Research & Innovation, which supports the establishment of a responsible innovation pathway for the development and application of New Plant Breeding Techniques for chicory. A selected team of international artists were invited to collaborate with CHIC researchers, visited their labs and engaged in a productive exchange of knowledge and outputs.

by Anna Dumitriu & Alex May




by Jill Scott & Marille Hahne





Rhizosphere: The Big Network of Small Worlds is a comprehensive art-science-education project based on long-term cooperation between the Studio of Transdisciplinary Projects & Research (the Faculty of Art Education and Curatorial Studies) at the University of Arts in Poznań (UAP) and the Faculty of Biology of the Adam Mickiewicz University (UAM). Rhizosphere is rapidly growing its network…

The project is related to the current scientific research on plants’ social networks and Wood Wide Web exploring its potential impact on cultural narratives and the evolution of our ecosystems. It is designed as a collaborative platform embracing interdisciplinary workshops, lectures, and artworks stimulating cognitive, creative and communication processes and increasing social and ecological awareness. The project’s leaders:
Prof. UAP, dr hab. Joanna Hoffmann
Piotr Słomczewski (assistant, PhD candidate)
Prof. UAM, dr hab. Marlena Lembicz
Prof. UAM, dr hab. Władysław Polcyn

The exhibition embraces presentation of the Project with related artworks of renown as well as emerging artists of the Rhizosphere network:

by Joanna Hoffmann & Andre Bartetzki




by Marta Bączyk




by Alex May




by Diana Taukin




by Jadwiga Subczyńska




by Jadwiga Subczyńska




by Larys Łubowicki




by Małgorzata Kaczmarek




by Maria Subczyńska




by Maria Subczyńska & Piotr Słomczewski




by Paulina Misiak




by Piotr Słomczewski




by Pei-Ying Lin




+ animation based on drawings of Fortunata Obrąpalska from the collection of the Faculty of Biology (UAM)