RESEARCH INTENT

Veronica researches the burgeoning domain of the bio­–digital — a converging knowledge space where digitality and computational thinking meets biological matter. She dissects and creates tangible and immaterial manifestations of such collisions, examining hereby the polyphonic potential of alternative technological futures. She currently undertakes a practice-led PhD at the Royal College of Art, situated in the Creative Exchange Lab (CX), where she focuses on the intersections of Biomaterial Science and Design Research, by drawing from Science and Technology Studies (STS), Critical Theory, Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI), and Sociology.

A core element in her research is a Visiting Scientist role with Professor Dr Fiorenzo Omenetto at SilkLab at Tufts University in Boston (MA), USA. This allows her to study reverse engineered silk — a bio-digital enabling material — firstly, for its potential to induce a novel digital ontology, and secondly, how multiple realities of 'Silken Selfs' can be accounted for through design research. Veronica leads workshops in different settings, such as conferences, universities, art institutions and science laboratories, where she invites artists, technologists, writers, designers and scientists to collaboratively speculate on the ancient, but innovative material silk. 

Through this research she aims to articulate how design research can facilitate a meaningful engagement between scientists and non-scientists, to extend the current notion of Public Engagement into the Citizen Science realm, to map a multiplicity of voices for technological trajectories, and to understand such contributions as cultural contribution to science.

 

THE NATURE—CULTURE—SCIENCE AXIS OF SILK

Silkworm cultivation, 16th century (Bottega Della Cornice Collection, Nodolibri Archives (Como, Italy)

Silkworm cultivation, 16th century
(Bottega Della Cornice Collection, Nodolibri Archives (Como, Italy)

Microscopic image of a silken protein structure.

Microscopic image of a silken protein structure.

Transient electronics (Beckman Institute, University of Illinois and Tufts University)

Transient electronics (Beckman Institute, University of Illinois and Tufts University)