Location of the exhibition: Amsterdam Passenger Terminal (NL)

World Bio Markets 2020 Postponed Due to growing concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) more info

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 World Bio Markets 2020 will take place at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, from 2-4 November 2020.
Organized by ASN partner, Bio Market Insights, World Bio Markets 2020’s 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 2020 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 will bring together the world of art and the world of innovation: universities, research institutes, and industries to this global event, providing an extraordinary perspective to the bio-economy key-players and stakeholders through the means of art exhibition: Organized by Art & Science Node with partners, the exhibition bridges two interdisciplinary ASSET projects: CHIC & Rhizosphere, providing survey of artworks created by international artists in collaboration with scientists in the field of life sciences and biotechnology.

The Routes to Roots Networks and Beyond

CHIC & Rhizosphere
Art/Science/Society/Education/Technology (ASSET)  = Innovation

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 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 an under-utilized crop. 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.
They are Anna Dumitriu, a sculpture, installation, and digital media artist; Alex May a computer artist, photographer and performer; Jill Scott a multimedia artist and professor of Art and Science at the Zurich University of the Arts and Marille Hahne a filmmaker and also a professor at the Zurich University of the Arts.

Artwork to be presented
Anna Dumirtiu & Alex May – Biotechnology From the Blue Flower (see: CHIC Artisits In Redisdency Anna & Alex)
Jill Scott & Marille Hahne – Aftertaste (see: CHIC Artists In Residency Jill & Marille)



Rhizosphere: The Big Network of Small World 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 Poznan UAP and the Faculty of Biology of the Adam Mickiewicz University UAM.

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 dynamically grows its ASSET
The project’s leaders:
Prof. UAP, dr hab Joanna Hoffmann
Piotr Slomczewski (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:

Joanna Hoffmann & Andre Bartetzki – EpiZone [NULL]: PapiLLA
Marta Bączyk – Morphism
Alex May – Algorithmic Photography
Diana Taukin – defined_not
Jadwiga Subczyńska – Marsquakes and Drifting Particles
Larys Łubowicki – Regnum Animale
Małgorzata Kaczmarek – The Law of Relationship and Interdependence
Maria Subczyńska – Broken Links
Maria Subczyńska & Piotr Słomczewski – Mikoryzator (see: Mikoryzator Project)
Paulina Misiak – CALL IN
Piotr Słomczewski – Contacless Root Interface
Pei-Ying Lin – Virophilia

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