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Creative Residency

Submit a proposal by 30 Jul 2022

About the

At Ginkgo, we explore what synthetic biology can do and what worlds it can bring about. By reading and writing DNA, we can reimagine the possibilities of living things, from bacteria that target diseases in your gut, to more sustainable foods, to the creation of bio-based materials. But solving the world’s greatest problems goes far beyond the lab. We believe that multidisciplinary thinking has the power to create new opportunities for synthetic biology and to catalyze crucial conversations about our shared futures on this planet. That’s why we’re opening up our foundry to collaboration with creative thinkers—from artists, to poets, to coders, to educators, and more—to broaden our visions of what could be possible.

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Spend three months at Ginkgo working at the intersection of your creative discipline and synthetic biology.

About the Residency
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Live Brief

2022: PLAY

How can we create playful encounters in and out of the lab to reveal alternative possibilities for synthetic biology that nurture community, resilience, and hope?

Playfulness harnesses a joyful naivety, where no options are closed off. A playful approach to synthetic biology can lead to ideas, conversations, and solutions to problems that traditional ways of thinking have not yet solved. For this year’s iteration of the Ginkgo Creative Residency, we want you to imagine what a playful practice of synthetic biology might look like and what possibilities it could reveal. Is there a way in which play can change the way we understand life that surrounds us now and in the future? And can it open up new ways of understanding the serious crises we face?