New Environmental Imagining
- 20:00 - Deschidere
- 21:00 - Culori vii. Workshop în biodesign sustenabil cu Nost.Algae
- 03:00 - Inchidere
Living Colours. Workshop in sustainable biodesign with Nost.Algae
- 20:00 - Deschidere
- 02:00 - Inchidere
Nost.Algae is an environmentally sustainable research project by Luisa Balaban exploring the aesthetical, environmental and socio-economical possibilities of natural textile dyeing with pigments extracted from a variety of algae and various alimentary compounds. Having studied Graphics at the University of Art in Bucharest and obtaining an MA in Sustainable Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts, University of Arts in London, Luisa focuses on the cross-pollination of biotechnology, art and design. In her practice, living organisms form an integral part of harnessing and manipulating natural processes to fulfill our aesthetical needs while simultaneously minimizing the ecological disruption caused by the fine arts, fashion and food industries. Her ecological dyeing processes aim to reduce the toxic waste caused by synthetic pigments, decrease the environmentally damaging techniques based on the exploitation of natural resources and contribute the reduction of mass carbon footprint. During the workshop, the audience is invited to experiment directly with a variety of eco-friendly pigments while creatively recycling their old clothing garments. Both ancestral textile coloring methods and biodesign based practices will be teached by the artist. For the best results, the participants are asked to bring garments made of natural fibers, such as cotton, silk, viscose, linen. The workshop is a complementary event to the current exhibition at Halucinarium, Tree of Digital Life. New Environmental Imagining, a group show with Thea Lazar, George Crîngaşu, Matei Dumitriu, Andreea Brăescu and Luisa Balaban, curated by Carmen Casiuc, which explores Nature and our relationship with it from the perspective of the economical, organizational and cultural transformations ignited by the use of new technologies. Special acknowledgements to Dr. Claudio Fuentes Grunewald from Swansea University, Center for sustainable aquatic research and Prof. Saul Purton, Director of Algae UK, based in the UCLA, Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology for support and freeze dryed algae biomass.