Burton Nitta

Beyond Biology

Burton Nitta founded by Anglo-Japanese duo, Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta, is a trans-disciplinary collaborative art practice. Works navigate futures and meta-futures informed by technological and scientific developments that manifest in evolutionary changes to us and our worlds. Visions, objects, films and experiences explore possible pathways whereby human values, dreams and desires steer the direction of our actions. At the heart of our work is an interrogation of the human animal and an opportunity to taste alternative worlds and humanness.

Previous works such as Algaculture, The Algae Opera, Republic of Salivation and Instruments of the Afterlife are published and exhibited internationally from MoMA, New York to the V&A Museum, London.

Within the xLab we create the Post Natural Memory Park where you will find a range of devices and plants that are transformed by technology and changing environments as a multi-sensory glimpse into the future.

We are beyond borders

“I wasn’t expecting to feel so emotional today about real life stories. It was very, very powerful. Just get out there and talk to people. Get out of your comfort zone. Be more generous.”

– TEDxLondonSalon attendee

Meet the Citi xLab innovators


A free app tackling the problem of food waste by connecting users with unwanted food


The world's first mental health chatbot supported by a controlled research trial

Karma Cola

A range of drinks that are good for the land, good for the people who grow the ingredients, and as good for you as a fizzy drink can be


The UK’s first power-bank rental network, ensuring that your phone never runs out again

Irrational Agency

A behavioural science consultancy that helps organisations and people understand their own irrationality and use it to create joyful experiences

Sea Hero Quest

A mobile game that generates data to help scientists fight dementia


Bleeding-edge technology fused with award-winning creative storytelling

Better Shelter

A social enterprise driven by a mission to improve the lives of persons displaced by armed conflicts and natural disasters

Burton Nitta

A trans-disciplinary collaborative art practice founded by Anglo-Japanese duo Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta