BioTalk, Algae Eating Robots, Nutrients from Waste Water & Dutch Seaweed Burgers

June 12th, 20:00

This month's Biotalk is all about using water and its ecology as resource. Is wastewater a filthy business? Bernelle Verster believes the opposite and explains our wastewater can actually turn into valuable (bio)products. Ivan Henrique will bring his algae eating robot 'Symbiotic Machine'. This project received a honorable mention at the 2014 PRIX Ars Electronica last month. Getting hungry? Did you ever try a seaweed burger? Now's your chance! Dutch Weed Burger will serve and talk about their Superfood Seaweed Burgers.


Dutch Weed Burgers in the making - Dutch Weed Burger


Join the BioTalk and stay ahead on the latest visions on Bio-technology and design. Dinner starts at 19:00 talks at 20:00

Ivan Henriques

Ivan Henriques is a transdisciplinarity artist and researcher from Brazil who makes multimedia installations. He developed a robot-like machine which harvests energy from photosynthetic organisms. The machine uses this energy to keep in motion so it can stay collecting photosynthetic organisms. The machine can be used to clean rivers, canals and other wetland environments.

Bernelle Vester

Bernelle Verster is a bioprocess engineer from Cape Town who sees valuable options in wastewater and the sewage plants. They emits hundreds of tons of carbon, nitrogen and phosphate. These kind of waste products can be re-used. So she says, water is a cycle like everything in nature and we need to help that cycle flow.

Dutch Weed Burger

Dutch Weed Burger uses Dutch Seaweed as their main ingredient. This superfood contains lots of minerals and vitamins and has the same amount of proteins as meat. They believe that this sustainable 'fastfood' is the source of the future and will ease the ecosystem. Since no fresh water or farmland is needed to harvest the seaweed. Tonight is your first chance to try the seaweed burger and listen to the story of these bright, entrepreneurs.

Bio Industry

This event is part of Mediamatic Bio Industry, a bio-cultural lab exploring the possibilities of fungal material and other living organisms for design, science and art. The Mediamatic Bio-talks is a monthly lecture series that invites artists and designers to present and elaborate on their work concerning bio-based research and design.

More information

For further information about the event click here or visit the facebook event.
Tickets for €5 are valid for 9 weeks. Free entrance for Mediamatic members. Mediamatic, VOC-kade 10, Oostenburg Amsterdam.