The exhibit upstairs shows a selection of winning projects of the Bio Art & Design (BAD) Award since 2011. Every year three successful applicants receive this € 25,000 award to fully realise a new work of art or design that pushes the boundaries of research application and creative expression in the Life Sciences. The Award is a product of collaboration between ZonMw, NWO, MU and BioArt Laboratories. The exhibit Life Time at MU Eindhoven shows the works of the winners of 2017 and is open till 18 February 2018.



Laan van Nieuw Oost Indie 334

Den Haag


2 January 2018 -
31 January 2018

Ana María Gómez López - Inoculate

In addition to the projects of the BAD Award winners, the work of Ana María Goméz Lopéz is exhibited at ZonMw as well. In 2013, the artist germinated a begonia seed in her right tear duct. She performed this process using a silicon punctal plug, a device only 0.4 millimeters long. She placed within the plug's chamber a begonia semperflorens, one of the smallest seeds commercially available, and inserted the plug into her tear duct. After almost two weeks of remaining still indoors, the seed produced a miniscule sprout, moistened solely by lacrimal fluid. Ana María titled this process Inoculate, a term presently used in reference to medical immunization, but which originally described the horticultural process of grafting a bud or shoot of one plant into another, deriving from the Latin "in oculus" - in the eye. The project was inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1836 essay Nature, in which he writes: "The ruin or the blank, that we see when we look at nature, is in our eye." 

The exhibit will run from 2 January till 31 January 2018.