"Biomimetics: Emulation and Propagation in Post-traditional Ecologies"
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Monday, 28 May 2007 18:00

Image Pre-print of “Biomimetics: Emulation and Propagation in Post-traditional Ecologies", in “Second Nature: Reproduction and the Artificial in Art, Science and New Media”, Rolf Hughes & Jenny Sunden, Editors, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden is available for download as PDF HERE.

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The strategy of applied biomimetics has been heralded as design innovation inspired by nature. The inclusive process takes in phases of bioprospecting, biophilia, and emulated biosemiotics to arrive at an implementation of engineered design that ideally might carry implicit biological/environmental sensibilities. Applied elements from this strategy can be found in cybernetics, therapeutics/medicine, structural engineering, militarized intelligence and now in the propagation of new media art practices. While the idealized practice emulates a platform of honoring/sustaining the original thru the preservation of context, the extended practice in post-traditional ecologies frequently crosses the lines of biopiracy and sustains a distancing spiral of simulacra thru a re-wiring of ecological consciousness. 


This essay examines the intent and impact of applied biomimetics across a spectrum of creative and technological-mediated processes through three comparative lenses: as the scientific characterization of natural biological systems; as historically-rooted sociocultural performances/practices and as contemporary engineered-design and creative media-based expression. The objective of comparison through these three perspectives on the biomimetic approach to the appropriation and emulation of natural systems is to align the phenomena and practice within the contextual realms of traditional and post-traditional ecologies as a means of characterizing the distance between origin and derivative in this creative biocultural practice.


Biomimetic design practice is enabled and delineated by the collective lexical observations of biomaterials/composition, biological time, space, and the enchained interactive patterns of bio-, zoo- and ecosemiotics. In this transference between wild-type ecological contexts and anthropogenic constructs, the thread of intent, distance from origin and resulting impact of application vary according to underwriter, author and user/audience. The outlined comparisons will highlight these subjectivities in practice and realization while attempting to connect biomimetics as a practical cultural phenomena that emulates, appropriates and propagates across traditional and post-traditional ecological contexts. 


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