Mediamatic is growing, and we are moving from new media towards the direction of biotechnology, which is art and design with organisms. We will focus on redeveloping ourselves as a hyper-local open house for art, new technology and fresh stuff. In this growing stage there is much to discover and learn. We are experimenting with new ecosystems, bio-diesel and a whole lot of fungus. All of our knowledge is collected and shared in our blog, Growing Mediamatic.
In light of understanding the city as a complex phenomenon, we are trying to react to the present situation of the urban environment. Mediamatic is experimenting with Aquaponics, a new method of urban farming where we are learning how to create a sustainable system to grow our own fish and vegetables. The first fish and vegetables are growing and a new triple decker aquaponics tower is currently being finished. We'll present this system at The Day of the Architecture and Premsela.
At Mediamatic Bank, the exhibition Paddestoelen Paradijs explores the world of mushrooms, fungus, and bacteria through art works, lectures, slime mold workshops and other events which investigate the potential use of mycelium, fungus, and mold. In collaboration with artists and designers we are also exploring the use of a mycelium based packaging and building material as an alternative to plastics.
This blog also extends beyond Mediamatic projects, to other projects which are inspiring us. One of these is the Aquaculture project by Open Sailing, which is an international community trying to develop sustainable projects, hardware and software to enable intelligent human activities at sea. In the realm of urban farming, Urban Buds is dedicated to the transformation of unused spaces in the city into spaces dedicated to the local growth of fruits and vegetables.
Fresh Ideas for the Future
Growing Mediamatic also functions as a platform to update fresh ideas related to living organisms, such as the Moss Table project where energy is created from the photosynthesis processes of moss. The blog also looks ahead in order to reflect on new possibilities of alternative potential energy like the Portable Harvesters’ project, which looks at alternative, decentralized, energy supply within an urban environment.
Please check out our blog and feel free to contribute in any way so that we can keep on growing.