Infinite opportunities exist for consumer products to be fabricated from bio-based, renewable, or repurposed materials. Yet still, we live in a throw-away society. ‘Waste Culture: Rethinking Materials from Nature and Industry’ will engage students with local Philadelphia innovators, who are demonstrating eco-efficient practices that are driven by intentional material sourcing. In the lab, we will examine recently developed bio-based materials, with emphasis on fabrication processes, physical properties, and disruptions to traditional industries. In the studio, we will experiment with incorporating some of these bio-based materials as a new media. Together we ask, how can we contribute to generating sustainable consumer habits and industries?
Co-Founder of MIO
Isaac Salm was born in Medellin, Colombia in 1977. He received a bachelor of Business Administration in 1999 from The University of Miami with a double major in Economics and Finance. Following graduation Isaac worked as financial analyst at Kimberly Clark Corporation where he held several positions supporting manufacturing sites in the US and abroad. He later joined MIO as business managing director where he is responsible for leading the operations, finance and logistics of the business. Under his leadership MIO became a B Corporation and has developed breakthrough projects and strategies for MIO and its clients that redefine business for the Circular Economy.
Co-Founder of MIO
Jaime Salm was born in Medellin, Colombia in 1978. He received a bachelors of Science in Industrial Design in 2001 from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.Following his graduation he founded MIO, a boutique design consultancy exploring opportunities in the field of sustainable design. He exhibited his first collection of environmentally responsible furnishings at the 2003 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York. As Co-founder and Creative Director of MIO he bridges the gap between business and sustainability through design.He was presented with the People’s Choice Award in 2002 for the Need International Design Competition sponsored by Core 77, for his collaboration in Fibrid. In 2005 his designs for MIO were recognized with the Best Collection Award at the New York International Gift Fair. He has been a guest speaker at corporations and educational institutions including Hallmark, TCDC in Bangkok, the Univerisdad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute in New York City, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia University and The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he has been a faculty lecturer.
Director of Residencies and Co-Founder
Billy Dufala is an artist/musician engaged in a wide variety of creative discipline. Billy is involved in an ongoing collaborative practice with his brother Steven , known as the Dufala Brothers.The brothers are represented by Fliesher Ollman. An important site for Billys current work is Revolution Recovery , a construction and demolition waste recycling facility, where Billy co-founded and runs an artist in residency program known as RAIR. This project provides a unique platform for artists to work at the intersection of art, industry and sustainability, while producing content that challenges perceptions of waste culture.
Director of Special Projects
Lucia Thomé is a Philadelphia-based sculptor, and is Director of Special Projects at RAIR, a non profit artist residency housed within a construction and demolition recycling center. At RAIR, Lucia works with artists and other organizations to create artworks, exhibitions and programing that challenge the perceptions of waste culture. She received her BFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Certificate at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), where she was the recipient of the Von Hess Memorial Scholarship and Travel Award. Thomé is a former member of the artist collective Traction Company. Her work has been exhibited extensively at local institutions including the Philadelphia International Airport, PAFA, The Woodmere Art Museum, FJORD, Little Berlin, and Vox Populi Gallery. Thomé has had solo shows at LMNL Gallery and Napoleon Gallery (both in Philadelphia, PA) and was selected to be a participating artist in Grizzly Grizzly’s 2017 Community Supported Art project. Most recently, she exhibited a body of new work, ‘Bone Dry’, made in collaboration with Mariel Capanna at Marginal Utility in Philadelphia.
Professor of Fine Arts
Born in Switzerland, Markus Baenziger moved to New York in 1984. After receiving his BFA from Parsons School of Design he attended the graduate program at Yale University where he received his MFA in 1989. Subsequently he had several solo exhibitions at Cohen Gallery, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, and Edward Thorp Gallery. His work has been represented in numerous group exhibitions, including the Rose Art Museun, the Walker Art Center, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, the Florida Atlantic University Gallery, Zabriskie Gallery, Edward Thorp Gallery, the Swiss Institute, C/O Gallery in Oslo.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Elisabeth Evans is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. Elisabeth did her undergraduate training in architecture at MIT and received her PhD in biotechnology at Brown University. Elisabeth has a broad range of teaching and research experiences employing a cross-disciplinary approach in her work, which encompasses architectural design, biomedical sciences, visual media, and the environment. Elisabeth has significant experience with STEM education, particularly in merging STEM and the arts (STEAM). She has also been engaged in outreach programs geared towards the inclusion of student populations that perceive science to be inaccessible.
Issac Salm & Jaime Salm from MIO, Lead Artists
Artists in Residence
MIO was founded by the Salm brothers (Isaac, the numbers guy and Jaime, the design guy) with the objective of merging business rigor with environmentally and socially progressive design. Our mission is to give people the power to design living spaces with beautiful, sustainable and highly personal product experiences.
To achieve this goal we design products, services, interactions, interiors and sustainable experiences. At MIO, we believe that sustainability is a value everyone should seek in all aspects of life. Our vision is to empower everyone to design and enjoy practical, beautiful and sustainable living spaces. Giving shape to this new culture requires a paradigm shift. Changing minds drives us to create design where responsibility and desire co-exist. Following this path, MIO is forging a new design language where beauty and sustainability are one – a process that leads to inclusive and affordable design. We believe that consumers must be empowered to make a difference and that industry is a force for good.Read less
Billy Dufala & Lucia Thome from RAIR, Non-Profit Partners
RAIR’s mission is to challenge the perception of waste culture by providing a unique platform for artists at the intersection of art and industry. Situated inside a construction and demolition waste recycling company in northeast Philadelphia, RAIR offers artists studio space and access to more than 450 tons of materials per day.
Since its inception in 2010, RAIR’s flagship Residency Program has established itself as a unique opportunity for emerging, mid-career, and established artists. By facilitating artists’ direct engagement with the waste stream, RAIR encourages residents to consider their studio practice through the lens of sustainability and to thoughtfully re-asses their processes of material sourcing and waste disposal.
Collaborating with community groups, art institutions and waste industry partners, RAIR has also extended its reach far beyond its resident artists through Projects including recycling facility tours, class presentations, public events and exhibitions that illuminate the connections between art, industry and sustainability. RAIR offers assistance with the material sourcing, planning, design, and fabrication involved in a range of cross-disciplinary projects, and works with collaborators to maximize the creative potential of waste materials.Read less