Opening: Wednesday, September 9th, 7.00 PM, Drinčićeva 20

IMPORTANT NOTICE: It is mandatory to wear a protective mask inside the exhibition space, as well as in front of it. A maximum of three people can stay in the space at the same time. Thank you for your understanding!





















With the simultaneity and duality of local-physical and globally networked events all over the world, Ars Electronica 2020 becomes an exciting experimental laboratory and prototype for a next-level networking that will focus primarily on new forms and possibilities of fusion and coexistence of analog and digital, real and virtual, physical and telematic proximity. Starting in Linz and working with partner gardens from Ars Electronica’s extraordinarily large international network, “real” events will take place in many places, with “real” artists and scientists for “real” audiences, all of which will be networked into a festival from September 9 to 13.


Biogenic Architecture

The project questions perceptual and environmental ‘flatness’ of synthetic materials in comparison to extremely thin, but highly expressive and performative biogenic ‘microcrusts’. These living, grown micro-crusts are highly ordered three-dimensional structures on a microscopic level. As such, they act not only as visual enhancers through lustrous appearance that changes with light and viewers movement, but as a living mediator between building tissue and the environment by capturing CO2. Through microbial colonisation, biomineralization and self-assembly of nanoscale building blocks the project aims to produce such biological micro-crusts in ecologically benign processes. Components exhibited are encrusted in living microbial colonies embedded in silica precipitated matrix and as such have a potential to actively engage in nitrogen, carbon and silica cycles, some of the most important element exchanges on our planet.


𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗝𝗼𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗰́ is an architectural designer who works at the intersection of design, chemical and biochemical engineering, with an expertise in biomineralisation and the perceptual effects of materials that can be grown. Nina is currently an interdisciplinary design tutor at Bio-Integrated Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. She is investigating the growth of microscopically thin, yet three-dimensional, lustrous materials of biogenic origin as an EPSRC-funded PhD candidate at The Bartlett School of Architecture and The Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering at UCL. Her work has been published in Paisajes and exhibited at Construmat Barcelona, Biofabricate New York, and Open Cell London.


Team | 

Nina Jotanovic The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Prof Marcos Cruz Bio-integrated Design, UCL

Prof Marc-Olivier Coppens Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering, UCL


Biology collaboration |

Dr Slađana Popović University of Belgrade, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia, Center of Ecology and Technoeconomics

Prof Dr Gordana Subakov Simić University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology, Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden 'Jevremovac'


Fabrication collaboration |

Studio MuciBobina

Xylon & Laura Dizajn


Support | EPSRC, UCL, Xylon


Venue | Kolektiv Gallery

Organizacija | Senka Latinović



        Kolektiv arhitekata, Drinčićeva 20, Beograd, Srbija

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