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Ryan Hoover & Walter Zimbeck

Materials–Based Research Grant


The objective of this material based research grant was to develop an approach that uses bacteria to grow three dimensional cellulose forms. Many craft processes utilize biologically produced cellulose, such as wood. Traditional craft approaches to making from life typically employ a grow-harvest-make sequence that primarily utilizes subtractive processes.

Ryan Hoover is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher actively addressing the impact of emerging technologies on our more-than-human world. Often operating at the intersection of digital and biological systems, he develops software, hardware, and biomaterials to create novel solutions to contemporary issues and open new understandings of our shared future.


Baltimore, MD



Digital and Biological Fabrication


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