Sunday, September 27, 2009

Great Articles on Bio-Mimicry

Biomimicry is a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas
and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems.

(All taken from (*even the font and everything) from the AMAZING SITE

Technology and the world has finally stopped trying to re-invent the wheel, and is starting to look at the source for new ideas that are truly sustainable, and god forbid - actually work.  By looking at Evolution - you are studying a 3.8 Billion year process of trail and error that has defied what we understand as physics.

(* so long as you understand the process of evolution.  Then again - there are others - who ... ummm... Lets just say as I understand it - Dinosaurs are related to birds, and from around 250 million years ago to 65 million years ago really had this whole life thing down.  Others - have their own version... and make coloring books about it:

There is a color called "Flesh of Christ"? ewwww...  isn't that bread?  (sorry, latent Catholic joke.)

A Dinosaur's size, the strength of a spider web, the heart of a humming bird...  it is all so beautiful and quite refined.  The Universe may be elegant - but life is EXCEPTIONAL!

Here are some great recent articles of artists and scientist applying living concepts to what they do.  Some of these will be repeats of things I have posted before - but some of these are just not worth missing.

BIOMIMICRY – Bio Based Engineering - Links to TED Talks about the event.:
• Robert Full on engineering and evolution

• Janine Benyus; “Biomimicry in Action”  <-- She's the one who originally wrote about biomimicry and I HIGHLY recommend this one

• Janine Benyus shares nature's designs

• Another Biomimicry speech by Golan Levin

Wake Forest University computer science professor Errin Fulp works with graduate students Brian Williams (center) and Wes Featherstun (far right), who worked this summer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developing a new type of computer network security software modeled after ants.
(Photo Credit: Ken Bennett/Wake Forest University) 
Taken from the article:

Ants vs. worms: looking at nature for new computer security This has some seriously annoying pop-ups - but if you can read around them - see how scientists are using the way ants move in their colony to help sort out computer viruses.  I'm not much into the tech part, but I like the concepts.  You computer people will dig this big time.


Artists who use biomimcry:

I would argue that the work of Tom Shannon's Anti-Gravity Sculptures is an art example of bio-mimicry -->  or at least physics - but physics is biology, and so is chemistry -  they are all interlinked - so it counts

 The interactive sound-fed ecosystems of Theo Watson are something else.  Looking at the idea of what Fritof Capra describes as 'Models of Self-Organization" (self-sustaining systems - like a biome), Here is an artistic application of this concept  - beauty, sound, and science!

 The Art of Helen and Newton Harrison --> whom I mention so many times on this blog - it's just worth hitting up their site for a look. They were doing this WELL before it was cool

Image taken from their web site:

In the same vein - my hero - MEL CHIN

(You can see all these images, and the video etc on

My favorite work of his was the "Revival Field" (1990) - done in Pig's Eye, MN - one of the top Ten most toxic sites in North America. Whoo Hoo!  Lets here it for the home front!

(*here's what it looked like)
 What he did was plant plants that extract heavy metals from the ground and retain these metals in their leaves.  You then harvest the leaves, collect the heavy metals from them - thus reusing these rather than

Where I took these few images from)-->

More to be added soon!

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