Algaculture

1st August 2012

Much research is going on looking to the importance of bacteria and algae for alternative resources, power, food and architecture, but asking the question 'what new cultural revolution will replace agriculture?', After Agri is a collaborative investigation between Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton and explores a new symbiotic relationship between humans and algae.

Questioning why we are trying to redesign food for survival when in fact we could be re designing our bodies they propose a future whereby humans will be reliant on algae which will be living inside newly evolved organs.

Drawing inspiration from scientists such as Debora MacKenzie and Michael Le Page who wrote about photosynthetic creatures, or “plantimals” in the New Scientist (2010) they visually explore a alternate future.

This vision of the future suggests a semi photosynthetic human. Absorbing future food via light similar to plants we (humans) will become symbionts - meaning an entity that relies entirely on an other for survival. This mutually beneficial relationship with algae is an entirely new vision of how important algae might become in the future.

Having recently been on show at the Food Forward exhibition in The Hague, their work comes to London during London design festival. As part of the ongoing events at the Victoria and Albert Museum an opera singer will be transformed with biotechnology to grow algae with her breath so the audience can taste her song.


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