Regeneration - Biotalk

Thursday, December 15th. 20:00

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.

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15-12-2016 Regeneration biotalk - Interwoven test - Plantenwortels zijn intelligent; ze zijn in staat om zwaartekracht, vocht en chemicaliën te detecteren. Diana Scherer gebruikt deze plantwortelintelligentie om stofachtige texturen onder de grond te laten groeien. Ze werkt momenteel samen met de Radboud Universiteit om haar onderzoek uit te voeren en zal deze nieuwe materialen in de serres van de universiteit laten groeien. Haar project is onlangs bekroond met de New Material Fellow Award. Diana zal enkele van haar experimenten en werken… Diana Scherer


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.


15-12-2016 Regeneration Biotalk - Caraval - Caravel gebruikt Microbacterial Fuel Cell (MFC) technologie om elektriciteit te oogsten vanuit anaerobic bacterie en organische componenten uit het water.  Ivan Henriques

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.


Interwoven - ‘In my work I explore the relationship man has with his natural environment and his desire to control nature. For the past few years my fascination has mainly been focused on the dynamics of belowground plant parts. I’ve been captivated by the root system, with its hidden, underground processes; it is considered to be the brain of the plant by plant neurobiologists." Diana Scherer


Diana Scherer

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.

Gionata Gatto

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.

Regeneration - Biotalk
A collaboration between Transnatural and Mediamatic
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam
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Tickets Workshop: €25,-
Tickets Lecture: Students €5,- / Pre-sale €7,50 / Door €10,-
Please note: this event is given in English.


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.

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