Angelo Vermeulen is a space systems researcher, biologist, artist and keynote speaker. In 2017, he was selected as one of the Top 5 Tech Pioneers from Belgium by the newspaper De Tijd. With his multidisciplinary background, Vermeulen collaborates closely with practicing scientists, while also constructing multimedia installations in galleries and museums, and building communities through design and co-creation.
In 2009 he initiated SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design), an international transdisciplinary network of artists, scientists, engineers and activists. Its goal is to reshape the future through critical inquiry and hands-on experimentation. To achieve this, SEAD develops paradigm-shifting projects in which ecology, technology and community are integrated in novel synergistic ways. Biomodd and Seeker are the two most well-known SEAD projects.
Disrupting Cockroaches and Evolving Starships: Explorations in Agency
As a visual artist, biologist and technologist, Angelo Vermeulen has been exploring the intersections between the technosphere and ecosphere since the early 90s. He has a particular interest in generating hybridity and working through emergent processes. In 2009 he co-founded the SEAD collective, uniting artists, scientist, engineers and activists from different parts of the world to actively engage with the future through hands-on experimentation and critical thinking. In his talk at KIKK he will present a series of art/science projects in which biological organisms and bio-inspired design take a central role. Some of the different themes that will be explored are the ethics of evolution, organisms as co-designers, and the advent of morphogenetic engineering.