FUTURE of FOOD: "Algaculture"

Near future algaculture symbiosis suit

Algaculture, 2010

Keywords: after agriculture, alternative ways to fuel the body, human algae symbiosis, altered food system, exhibition

Alternative ways to fuel the body
Algaculture designs a new symbiotic relationship between humans and algae. It proposes a future where humans will be enhanced with algae living inside new bodily organs, allowing us to be semi-photosynthetic. Almost enabling us to become plant-like by gaining food from light. As such, we will be symbionts (meaning that both entities entirely depend on each other for survival), entering into a mutually beneficial relationship with the algae.


Why design new food on what we have now, when we could re-design how we fuel the body altogether?

Far future new bodily organs
This scenario is, among other sources, inspired by the work of scientists Debora MacKenzie and Michael Le Page who wrote about photosynthetic creatures, or what they call “plantimals” in the New Scientist (2010). Such photosynthetic organisms currently include lichen, sea slugs and salamanders that welcome algae into their bodies, in a partnership called endosymbiosis.




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Current and upcoming shows

28 May 2019 - May 2024
Vienna Biennale For Change: Brave New Virtues, MAK, Vienna, Austria

29 March - 26 July 2020
Serial Eater: Food design, CID, Hornu, Belgium

June 2020 - January 2022
LWL Museum of Natural History, Munster, Germany

13 June - 18 September 2020
Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland


See also



Algaculture by Burton Nitta (Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta)

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