Biocouture Shoe

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The BioCouture shoe speculates on an alternate future where, instead of relying on materials derived from unsustainable petrochemical industries or land needed for food, we move to a biotech model.

BioCouture is pioneering a biodesign and manufacture future for fashion, sportswear and luxury brands. Founded by Suzanne Lee in 2003, the BioCouture atelier has explored the use of living cultures of microorganisms (yeast and bacteria) to grow biomaterials like cellulose into sustainable, compostable clothing.

The exhibition 'Alive: New Design Frontiers' - http://thisisalive.com/biocouture/ - showcased the first 'grown-made' prototypes of the shoe.

Where and how is it used?

Design Exhibitions - Speculative Prototype and Prompt

What did you or someone else pay for it?

As a prototype It's not for sale

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

I thought it would be interesting to add a speculative commodity to the museum as it prompts speculation into the potentialities and problematics of future sustainable design and the use of biomaterials and synthetic biology.


How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service


Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

symbiotic mix of yeast and bacteria, and Suzanne Lee

Who was paid to make it?

Not answered yet

What skills does it take to make it?

fermentation, design

Where was it made?

BioCouture atelier

What does it cost to make it?

Not answered yet

What is it made from?

1. yeast:
2. bacteria:
3. bacterial cellulose :

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Not for sale

Who or what assesses its quality?

BioCouture atelier

Where is it sold?

Not for Sale but can been seen here: http://thisisalive.com/biocouture/

Who or what sells it?

Not for sale

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

Not answered yet

Where is it used?

design exhibitions

Where is it kept?

BioCouture atelier

How and by whom is it cared for?

Suzanne Lee

How long will it last?

unknown

Where will it go when it's finished with?

it's compostable

What is it worth?

priceless prototype


How do you and others value this commodity?

See the values contributed by visitors and those of the donor. And add your own values to this commodity.

Total times valued3
Positive (↑)Skill
Negative (↓)Convenience
Overall Positive310
Overall Negative-51
Controversy48.833333333333 (0 = most controversial)
  

What do these numbers mean?

This data that we have collected over time in our database means nothing without interpretation. A relational database, which we are using here, is technology that enables designers of websites and software to compare, contrast, interrogate and infer relations within data. The act of designing a database is not objective but driven by the agency of its creators and owners.

Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?

Below is a brief explanation of the some calculations and how these help make decisions about what is shown on the site.

  • Controversy Score:
    (Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)

    The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.

  • Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
    (Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued

    Used to infer a collective value associated with a commodity.

How do you value this commodity?

To add your own values click VALUE THIS COMMODITY and move the sliders left and right to add your own values - then click SUBMIT
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Questions and answers

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Conversation

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