With the Co2 particles in the air reaching the magical 400 ppm, and the fact that we have only 60 years of crop harvesting left, it is time for another way of dealing with our polluted environment. What can artist, designers and scientist do to cope with issues of extreme drought, rising water levels, pollution, and waste? And what tools can be used to regenerate and revitalise our ecosystems?
Transnatural and Mediamatic unite to explore the topic of geo-engineering with a workshop, demo and presentations.
Program Regeneration- Biotalk
14:00 - 18:00 Workshop: Caravel - Ivan Henriques
16:00 - 20:00 Demo: Interwoven - Diana Scherer
20:00 - 22:30 Biotalks - Diana Scherer, Gianata Gatto, Prof. dr. Olaf Schuiling
Workshop: Caravel - Ivan Henriques
Carvels are autonomous waterrobots that feed on the micro-organisms living in local waters. By harvesting electricity from anaerobic bacteria and organic components (via Microbial Fuel Cell technology) they not only provide themselves with the necessary energy to keep in motion, but they also purify the water. Together with artist Ivan Henriques you will explore the potential of these selfsupporting robots. Go here for more information about the workshop and tickets.
Demo Interwoven - Diana Scherer
Plant roots are intelligent; they are able to detect gravity, moisture, and chemicals. Diana Scherer uses this plant root intelligence for growing fabric-like textures below ground. She is currently collaborating with Radboud University to conduct her research and grow these new materials in the universities greenhouses . Her project has recently been awarded with the New Material Fellow Award. Diana will bring some of her experiments and works to Mediamatic's Sluisdeurenloods.
Using subterranean templates as moulds, Diana Scherer channels the root systems of plants in order to form a textile-like material. During the growth process the roots conform to the patterns and the root material weaves or braids itself. Following the demonstration of her work earlier this day, she will elaborate on her process and findings.
The accumulation of heavy metals in our soil is a big problem for the agriculture industry.
Especially because some plants species have the ability to absorb these metals, like zinc, nickel or copper, which makes them to toxic for human consumption. GeoMerce, by Gionata Gatto in collaboration with Giovanni Innella, takes advantage of this metal absorption and connect the 'mined' metals to the real-rime value of the metals involved. By doing so this proces of 'phyto-mining' proposes a new system in which agriculture, metal extraction, and economy are interconnected. Go here to see a video of GeoMerce.
Prof. Dr. Olaf Schuiling
For years Professor Dr. Olaf Schuiling has been proposing an alternative method for eliminating harmful CO2 emissions from our air. Instead of the more populair solutions like CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage - storing the Co2 underwater) Schuiling proposes to use the mineral olivine. When it comes in contact with CO2 and water this magnesium iron silicate dissolves and turns the CO2 emission into harm-free bicarbonate. How far did we come since his first writings about this topic in 1964?
This evening is part of Regeneration, an exhibition and program lead by Transnatural Amsterdam. The Regeneration exhibition runs until the 28th of April 2017 at the Transnatural workspace.
Regeneration - Biotalk
A collaboration between Transnatural and Medimatic
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijspark 6, Amsterdam
Tickets Workshop: €25,-
Tickets Lecture: Students €5,- / Pre-sale €7,50 / Door €10,-
Please note: this event is given in English.