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 Henrique
Caravels 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 Henrique you will explore the potential of these selfsupporting robots.
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. Diana will bring some of her experiments to Mediamatic's Sluisdeurenloods. Acces to this demo / exhibition is free of charge.
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.
Some plants species even have the ability to absorb these metals, like zinc, nickel or copper, which makes them too 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.
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 olivine turns the CO2 emission into harm-free bicarbonate.
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.