BioHack Typography -Living Language Project-

FabCafe is holding its first ever Bio Art Workshop!
SCHEDULE Thu 18 Feb 2016 / 19:00 - 22:00
PRICE 4,500円


Bio art you can experience for yourself! FabCafe is holding its first ever Bio Art Workshop!

We've invited Jerusalem designer, Ori Elisar, who was featured in WIRED and other news, for our first ever Bio Art, "Living Language" event in Japan.

Take a glimpse of this rarely showcased art form, made through bio technologies. Presentations will include generative designs and art that celebrates the biology, movement and structures made with primitive organisms and fungi.

FabCafe’s is having its first ever Bio Art workshop. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity!

Design your own living art and take it home

We’ll look into the letterforms of Japanese “hiragana” characters using Physarum polycephalum, a variety of slime mold. 
Analyzing art from the rarely experienced angle of bio technology, you can observe the process of slime mold as it grows along a hiragana template inside a petri dish. The finished piece will be yours to take home. 

Join us if you are interested in....

・To experience Bio art, not only see.
・generative design
・chemical experiment

Time Table

7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.    Introduction
Overview of the “Living Language Project” and introduction of how to the handle slime mold and related tools.

7:15 pm. – 8:30 p.m.    Preparing Typography using slime mold
Arranging agar (a type of food for the mold) to grow characters within the petri dish.

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.     Presentation by Ori
A presentation about generative design, overview of Bio Art for beginners, and its applications in the design world.

9:20 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.    Observing the Mold’s Growth and Closing
We will observe the growth of the slime molds you prepared. Slime mold grows at a rate of 5mm/h, so you can also take the petri dish home and observe its continued growth.
Timetable might be subject to change without notice


Physarum polycephalum (slime mold)


This slime mold is a primitive organism that can be seen with the naked eye. It’s a eukaryote (living organism with a nucleus) that’s easy to grow and used often as a model organism in research regarding cell motility. It’s been seen in experiments demonstrating the ability to find the shortest distance to food, when placed in a maze, and is studied for many other abilities.

Living Language Project

The “Living Language Project” is a project by Ori Elisar that studies the making of letters and language.

He uses bacteria to study the structure of letters as they grow from Ancient Hebrew, a language that hasn’t been spoken for nearly 2,000 years, into modern letters.

The bio art project takes place within a petri dish, demonstrating linguistic evolution as individual letters of Ancient Hebrew, shaped by bacteria, begin to multiply and transform into Modern Hebrew letters.

Behind the scenes of The Living Language Project from Ori Elisar on Vimeo.


Ori Elisar

Ori Elisar is a 33 years old Jerusalem based designer, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem graduate with a B.Des degree in Visual Communication.

Event Detail

Date & Time:16/02/18 19:00~22:00
Venue:FabCafe MTRL (FabCafe Tokyo 2F)
Host:FabCafe Tokyo
Cooperate:Embassy of Israel in Japan


Event Ticket

Please buy the event ticket in advance via Peatix from the link below.

Please note that if the ticket is sold out, we cannot accept the entry on the event day.

Thu 18 Feb 201619:00 - 22:00

Price 4,500円
Place FabCafe MTRL MAP
Capacity 15
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