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Disease-detecting doctor bees will be the heroes of the Hypervital exhibition at the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennialvia Susana Soares, designer.

Aecientists have proven that classic bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary sense of smell. It is even easy to train bees to detect specific chemical smells including bio-markers, signs of pathologies such as tuberculosis, diabetes, lung, skin or pancreatic cancer, etc. etc. The process is quite simple: you train the bees, using a technique close to Pavlov's reflex by associating a smell with a promise of reward. The bees will then move to the places where this smell comes from.
This operation had been presented to the Dutch design week in Eindhoven, the Netherlands by the Portuguese designer Susana Soares who had developed a whole series of glass models, some with three compartments, where the patient exhales into an en-bout.
The young designer will be in the spotlight at the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial from 12 March to 12 April 2015, whose theme for this 9th edition will be the Essence of Beauty, as part of the in HYPERVITAL which I highly recommend for the relevance of his thinking.

Hypervital, an exhibition proposed by Benjamin Loyalty

Say and do... find the perfect chord, balance in turbulence. We are in a period of very strong creativity, of intense inventions and productions, but also of unfulfilled resolutions that are always trying to reorganize the world in the face of our own depredation. Considering design as a language, we have the need to build a pragmatic future as we have the obligation to dream the possible on the basis of naked truths. Hypervital reveals the dynamic reality of a design with a metabolism that is more energetic than impotent or unipotent. It organizes by the combination of an aesthetic of perception and unveiling, the will to unite our ideas, gestures and uses around our gaze. We need to improve reality and evoke the fictions of a Renaissance. A few months ago, an article in The Guardian echoed a study by Mathematician Safa Motesharrei and a team of social scientists funded by Nasa. This media shock wave evoked all the factors that would inevitably lead to a change in our industrial civilization.

The report entitled Human and Nature Dynamics (HANDY): Modeling Inequality and Use of Resources in the Collapse or Sustainability of Societies emphasizes a multitude of criteria that we need to address in order to perhaps change our behaviours. In order to avoid all kinds of fatalism and unbridled catastrophism, we must first of all detach ourselves from the certainties and models that the world is kneading to reconnect with humans. Hypervital is built on the analysis of a world shaken by its own practices, discoveries, ideals and shortcomings. (Source: ©Biennale du design Saint-Etienne)

"Everybody thinks about changing the world but nobody thinks about changing themselves"...Tolstoy

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Maryline Passini is Founder and director of the foresight agency Promote

 

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