Wintersemester 2013/2014, BA/MA Produkt-Design
Algaemy - crafting our future food
The huge potential of microalgae has
been a subject of research in natural
sciences for quite some time. Meanwhile
the artistic and creative value of this
resource is mostly undiscovered land.
Algaemy investigates the potential of
microalgae in a creative context. The
designers of studio Blond & Bieber, Essi Johanna Glomb (textile
design) and Rasa Weber (product design)
reveal the aesthetic potential of a
resource which is mostly regarded as
weeds within Europe.
Algaemy is an analogue textile-printer
which produces its own (surprisingly
fast-growing) pigment. A wide color
palette from different shades of blue,
green, brown and even red derives from
various species of microalgae.
Microalgae have an incredibly wide
range of applications, such as nutrition,
Energy - and oil production, filtering
qualities and even CO2 absorption.
The machine uses this potential to
create an autarcic circle of production,
which does not require additianal
energy or material apart from human power and the microalgae itself.
Algaemy is a design-laboratory investigating the potential of microalgae as pigment in textile printing.
DESIGN Blond & Bieber (Essi Johanna Glomb & Rasa Weber)
PHOTOGRAPHY Lukas Olfe
VIDEO Zoya Bassi
MATERIAL beech wood, copper, microalgae,
Glas, Cambric, Binder