Online Event Talk

Design for a Changing World: The Ouroboros Steak

Join designer Orkan Telhan and curator Michelle Millar Fisher as they discuss the controversial Ouroboros Steak, a DIY meal kit for growing gourmet steaks from human cells.

This talk is the first in the digital series Design for a Changing World.

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What to expect

The unprecedented events over the last 12 months have created a new world, one that is defined by social, ecological, and economic uncertainty.

This new digital talk series will invite leading designers and thinkers to discuss three nominated projects from the current exhibition Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 and explore how design can help find new directions in this shifting landscape.

Join Orkan Telhar and curator and writer Michelle Millar Fischer as they discuss the design of the Ouroboros Steak, made from human cells, and why this speculative design project that set out to critique the lab-grown meat industry has come to dominate headlines across the world.

Ouroboros steaks on display at a personal diner

Image courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Image courtesy of Ourochef Inc.

Designs change based on their underlying scaffolds

Image courtesy of Ourochef Inc.

Periodic feeding of cells with serum before they turn into steaks

Image courtesy of Ourochef Inc.


Orkan Telhan

Orkan Telhan designs interrogative objects, interfaces, and media that investigate critical issues in cultural, environmental and social responsibility. He is Associate Professor Fine Arts—Emerging Design Practices at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design.

Michelle Millar Fisher

Michelle Millar Fisher is the Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work investigates the confluence power, people, and all forms of design. Her current project, with design historian Amber Winick, is at @designingmotherhood on Instagram.

The Exhibition

Beazley Designs of the Year 2020

Explore the best designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design, nominated by design experts and the public.

As a specialist insurer, Beazley is well placed to understand the value of good design. It sees first-hand the consequences when things go wrong and its products and services are expertly designed to help people and businesses when they most need help.

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