“Biodesign” – A Mellon Digital Humanities Conversation with Orkan Telhan

The Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellows at the University of Rochester are pleased to invite you to attend our first DigiTalk of the Fall 2021 semester. This session will feature a talk and discussion with Orkan Telhan, an associate professor of Fine Arts—Emerging Design Practices at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design.

The talk will be centered on biological design—an emerging field—that is aiming to bring together different perspectives from design, life sciences, engineering, and the humanities. Telhan will show a series of projects that demonstrate how biological design can address critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility.

He wants the audience to read: what biodesign means to me.

Telhan holds a PhD in Design and Computation from MIT’s Department of Architecture. His individual and collaborative work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the Istanbul Biennial, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Milano Design Week, Architectural Association, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, among other places. Telhan is also a co-founder of Biorealize, a biotechnology company specialized in building next generation tools that makes it easier to design biology.

Link to Telhan’s work: https://www.orkantelhan.com/.

*Zoom link will be sent out the Wednesday before the event.

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