Winner of STARTS Prize 2018
Grand Prize – Artistic Exploration: Awarded for artistic exploration and artworks where appropriation by the arts has a strong potential to influence or alter the use, deployment or perception of technology.
How can we celebrate the symbiotic relationship between the human body and its microbiome?
Of the human body, 90% is composed of different microorganisms, most of which are beneficial to
their host. Microbes, bacteria, fungi and viruses are all part of our natural skin flora, covering both the inner and outer surfaces of our body.
Even though they are invisible to our eyes, our
micro-flora has a symbiotic relationship with the interface between our body and the environment
- our skin.
However, due to the extensive use of chemical based washing soaps and cleansers, we are no longer removing simply bad bacteria from our
bodies, but also stripping it of the beneficial ones. This means we are more susceptible and vulnerable to future infections and viruses.
Future Flora is a living culture pad that helps women to balance their own vaginal flora to help prevent and treat the common Candida infection.
The kit has been designed to allow women to
establish, nurture and harvest their very own
personal skin flora at home, becoming not only
consumers but also active participants in their
own health and well-being.
Dezeen - https://www.dezeen.com/2016/07/05/giulia-tomasello-future-flora-home-grown-sanitary-pad-central-saint-martins/
Starts Prize - https://starts-prize.aec.at/en/future-flora/