Ivan Henriques is a transdisciplinairy artist and researcher working in Brazil and The Netherlands. His most recent project is the 'Symbiotic Machine', for which he received a honorable mention at the 2014 Prix Ars Electronica in Austria. This robot-like machine harvests energy from photosynthetic organisms and uses this energy to keep in motion. This way the machine cleanses the surface of the water from poisonous algae. The machine can be used to clean rivers, canals and other wetland environments.
Bernelle Verster (South Africa) is a bioprocess engineer who sees valuable options in wastewater and the sewage plants. They emit 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 is a company that 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 a delicious seaweed burger and listen to the story of these bright entrepreneurs
The PlantBot Genetics Corporation parodies and satirically comments on the aggressive and misleading practices of biotech companies. In answer to this, PlantBot Genetics Inc. grafts plants onto animatronic and remote controlled bases to become organisms with no clear heritage and no clear future. Their bizarre creations emphasize the ridiculousness of actual biotech products through corporate graphics, product descriptions, and marketing techniques.
This event is part of Mediamatic Bio Industry, a bio-cultural lab exploring the possibilities of fungal material and other bio-based materials 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.
Entrance 5 euro. Free entrance with a valid Mediamatic Membership (€5,- for 9 weeks)
Location: Mediamatic Fabriek, VOC-kade 10, Van Gendthallen Amsterdam
Presentations start at 20.00. Seaweed burgers are served at 19.00.
Mediamatic Bio Industry is made possible by DOEN foundation and Mondriaan Fonds.