BAD Award 2023: first selection of 16 proposals ready for the matchmaking!

Over the last weeks, we received the great amount of 120 applications for the BAD Award Open Call 2023. We were excited to read so many high-quality, innovative, and creative ideas!


21 March 2023 -
21 April 2023

In the previous days, a selection of 16 applicants was made by representatives of the BAD Award partner organizations (BioArt Laboratories, Dutch Design Foundation, MU Hybrid Art House, Next Nature and St. Joost School of Art & Design).

Individually, all members of the selection committee graded the proposals on three aspects: quality of the artist/designer’s portfolio and CV, quality of the idea (originality and feasibility), and the likelihood of finding a match with one of the research groups.

With these results as the backbone for further in-depth conversation on all applications, they chose 16 proposals.

The 16 selected proposals that are invited for the matchmaking event on Friday 21 April between 13.00 en 18.00 at Evoluon, Noord Brabantlaan 1A in Eindhoven, are:

· Luis Guzmán (Chili) - ExoEcology

· Laura Elidedt Rodriguez Torres (Mexico/Netherlands) - The Fabric of Mind and Mold, Moldfullness

· Suzette Bousema (Netherlands) - Intertwined

· Anna Vershinina (Netherlands) - Home for Earth, Food for Mars

· Ori Orisun Merhav (Belgium) - Made by Insects

· Y2K (Youyang Hu & Chiao-Chi Chou) (Japan) - Between the Skins

· Pamela Varela & Ella Hebendanz (Netherlands) - Re-c(O)unting

· Yuning Chen, Michael Cheung & Yuqian Sun (UK) - The Microbial Revolt

· Catherine C. Euale (Canada) - Water Warriors (Dear 2050)

· Hung Lu Chan (Netherlands) - Atlas of Aliens: The Other Within Us

· Matheline Marmy & Stella Succi (Switzerland) - Petrified Alterations: Turning Bodies into Stone

· Dae Uk Kim (Netherlands) - Rainbow Beings

· Ege Kökel (Austria) - A Playground for Model Organisms

· Shiila Infriccioli (Italy) - Symbiotic Beauty

· Carla Alcala Badias (Spain) Microbial Smart Cont(r)acts

· Sarah Fitterer & Noam Youngrak Son (Belgium) - Snails & Strategies

With the BAD Award we are working on a strong network of designers/artists and scientists who like to collaborate. Unfortunately we won't be able to give individual feedback to all who did not make it to the matchmaking.That's why we hope that even if you did not get selected this time, you will stay involved and feel welcome at all BAD related events to prepare for another try next year.

Keep an eye on the BAD website and our socials @bad__award for the latest news and updates! And of course, we hope you will be just as enthusiastic for our next open call in December 2023.