Biomimicry is a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas
and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems.
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:
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.:
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
(*here's what it looked like)