TEDxBrainport 2012 - Jalila Essaidi - Exploring boundaries by piercing barriers





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Published on Jun 8, 2012

TEDxBrainport 2012 - Making the Future

Jalila Essaidi combined spider silk and human tissue to make bulletproof skin. Why? Because she could, because it had never been done before, and most importantly because it was cool! But in exploring these boundaries she came up against a number of ethical questions like who should be allowed to work with human cells and can you patent nature. And who should answer them?

Born in 1980, Jalila Essaïdi is a BioArtist who uses Biology and the Life Sciences as an artistic medium, living and working in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Jalila Essaïdi was previously Art Teacher at Fontys Art Academy, Tilburg; Event Manager at Fontys Art Academy, Tilburg; and Owner at Essaïdi Cosmedix, Eindhoven. Her artwork is about the recognition of the transience of matter and a human desire to keep and hold. In her work, she embeds this desperate race against time by using living or organic matter, capable of decay or the product of decay.

About TEDxBrainport 2012 - Making the Future
There are many challenges in the world today. Hunger and disease continue to affect large parts of the developing world. Financial instability is halting progress in developed countries. We're running out of resources and changing the natural world in ways we don't totally understand. How can we make a better future? Discover the next big bordering-on-crazy ideas for humanity at TEDxBrainport 2012.

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At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos -- or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos -- sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.


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