Institute for the Design of Tropical Disease

Introduction

Institute for the Design of Tropical Disease
2015 – Ongoing
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The Institute for the Design of Tropical Disease‘s mandate is to establish a space to shift the existing narrative on tropical disease from the dogmatic to the imaginative, exploring what is, was and what could be via a hands-on, critical design process. Appropriating tropical disease as a research medium for art and design, the project addresses the complex relationships that shape disease transmission, exploring the rationale of technological developments and their application in the spread of disease.

The Institute for the Design of Tropical Disease explores the “colonisation of territories” on the molecular, human and environmental scales. These themes are investigated through ongoing design explorations – or subthemes – including:

- White Smog: Human to Insect Chemical Communication
- DiY Quinine: Plants + Medicinal Chimeras
- Breeding Grounds: Architectures of Control

IDTD Online Platform The Institute for the Design of Tropical Disease
National Herbarium Netherlands Cinchona bark samples at National Herbarium Netherlands
Cinchona_Seeds_Java_WW2_Web Cinchona Seeds brought out of the Philippine Islands before the Japanese Invasion (1943)
DiY Tonics Making DiY Tonics
DiY Quinine Exchanging DiY Tonics x Conversations
Bags_Malaria_Parasite_2_2_TC_Web Bags of malaria parasites inside a mosquito
Artificial Sweat Chemical Communication + Artificial Sweat
Artificial Sweat Becoming Olfactorily Invisible?
kop Aedes aegypti_2_TC_web SEM image of the head of an Anopheles gambiae mosquito
010.MIKE-&-SUSANA- Rain Rain Go Away! The smell of rain + bacterial death
Inviation/Flyer.indd Pop-Up Bar for World Malaria Day

Project Team

The Institute for the Design of Tropical Disease is produced by Thought Collider, in collaboration with scientists from the Laboratory of Entomology at Wageningen University, researchers at the Nationaal Herbarium Nederland, perfumers at International Flavours and Fragrances and Waag Society.

Partners:
Wageningen University
Systemantics

Special thanks to: Prof. dr. Willem Takken and Dr. Niels Verhulst at the Laboratory of Entomology at Wageningen University, Systemantics for IDTD’s online platform, Nienke Helder and Gyalpo Batstra for all their work on the project.