Biotalk with Eric Geboers, Caroline Slomp and Aad Kruiswijk

17 Mar 2017

Can we regenerate our man-damaged eco-systems and if so, how? For this Regeneration Biotalk we've invited artist Ivan Henriques, professor Biogeochemistry Caroline Slomp and engineer/architect Eric Geboers to give an insight into their (ambitious) work. Can we create architecture from seawater and use waste water for irrigation? Or can floating robots powered by bacteria clean water and can we revive dead sea zone’s with phosphate? 

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Salt Maquette - By Eric Geboers

Regeneration - Biotalk was a collaboration between Transnatural and Mediamatic and consisted of two nights full of exciting talks and projects revolving around the topic of restoring and revitalizing our ecology. Part of Transnatural’s exhibition Regeneration was on show during the evening. 


14:00 – 18:00 Workshop (in the city / at Transnatural)

18:00 - 22:00 Demo's on display

20:00 - 22:00 Talks


Eric Geboers - The Salt Project
Desertification causes large areas of arable ground to vanish. On the long term, this phenomenon, together with the continuous growth of the earth’s population, will generate a problematic situation. The Salt Project tries to offer a possible solution to this problem by means of architecture built from seawater. Architect/ designer Eric Geboers discussed The Salt Project’s research and progress so far.


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Sadly we have to inform you that Ivan Henriques can not join this evening! 

Ivan Henriques - Caravel 
Microbial Fuel Cells, or MFC’s, are devices that use bacteria in wastewater as the catalyst to oxidise organic matter and generate electricity. Ivan Henriques developed Caravel, a floating mobile robotic structure which harvests and stores energy from these MFC’s. The harvested energy is then applied to move the robotic structure that is able to clean the polluted environment with the help of water-purifying plants that are integrated in the structure.


Caravel - By Ivan Henriques Ivan Henriques

Caroline Slomp - Recovering the sea’s dead zones
Due to a lack of oxygen in certain areas, the sea has many so-called ‘dead zones’. Professor of Biogeochemistry (at Utrecht University) Caroline Slomp investigates how these dead zones come into being, and whether burying phosphate in the seabed can help to solve this problem. Professor Slomp told more about her field research and her quest for a healthy sea.

Added to tonights Regeneration Biotalk: the Bee Inc project. Local waste wooden design objects support the wild bees in its struggle to survive in city environment areas. Presented by designer Aad Kruiswijk.



Aad Kruiswijk talk at Biotalk - Regeneration - Aad Kruiswijk talk on bee-friendly design at Biotalk - Regeneration. During the evening of talks, designer Aad Kruiswijk presented his local waste wooden design objects that support the wild bees in its struggle to survive in city environment areas. Anisa Xhomaqi


Robyn Tayler Payne - Mist Capturing Surface
The Salt Project - Eric Geboers.


Demo's at Biotalk Regeneration -

Transnatural - Regeneration

This program was part of the Regeneration exhibition by Transnatural. The exhibition runs until the 27th of April 2017 at the Transnatural workspace.

Regeneration - Biotalk
Friday 17 March
18:00 - 22:00 Demo's
20:00 - 22:00 Talks
Tickets: 7,50 pre-sale / 10,- door (excl. administration fee)
Students pay only 5,-

Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam