“Manifesto Terrícola” is a scientific-artistic project produced in collaboration with Washington University. The project speaks to the need to return to being in sync with our environment through the symbiosis and acceptance of the union between science, biology, technology, and art. Solimán also offers us a glimpse into the future by suggesting the use of glaciers as enormous hard drives for digital information encoded in DNA. This project is produced with the support of the De Vinci Innovation Center, Paris.
Solimán López has had a long and distinguished career exploring the intersection of art, science, biotechnology, digital communities, and ecology. His work delves into the potential of a hyper-connected future by combining biology and digital technologies. He employs various innovative technologies, including blockchain, DNA storage, bioprinting, and 3D printing, to push the boundaries of artistic expression.
Throughout his career, López has collaborated with renowned institutions and research organizations focused on longevity, such as the Foresight Institute and the Sens Research Foundation. He has also worked with key players in DNA storage, including GenScript and Twist Bioscience. Additionally, he has engaged with prominent innovation centers such as the De Vinci Innovation Center in Paris, Google Campus Madrid, and the University of Washington, among others.
López’s accomplishments include the creation of the first digital museum stored on a hard disk, which was later transferred to DNA for preservation. He has also established a biobank stored in bacteria within olive oil, achieved through the DNA encoding of a smart contract. Notably, his latest project involves inserting a bio-printed collagen ear, encapsulating the text of his “Manifesto Terricola,” into a glacier in the Arctic. This project serves as a profound reflection on the future of humanity and our digital legacy.
During the Salon, López discussed the role of art in driving value for human communities and preserving our planet, or conceiving a new one if ours becomes uninhabitable. He delved into his various projects, including the Harddiskmuseum, OLEA, and Introns. However, he placed particular emphasis on his newest endeavor, the “Manifesto Terricola.” As he embarked on his journey to install it in the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic, he aimed to metaphorically reestablish a connection with our planet’s frequency and explore the possibility of storing our digital history within this vital environment for the future of humanity.
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