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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

21.-24.01.2020 Partnering with Nature, World Economic Forum 50th Annual Meeting, Davos-Klosters (CH)

Impressions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January. Copyright by World Economic Forum/Faruk Pinjo

 

Drawing from the ‘Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial’ exhibition originally organized by Cooper Hewitt and Cube design museum, this adaptation is a collaboration between the Smithsonian and the World Economic Forum (WEF). This is the fourth year that the Smithsonian and the WEF have collaborated on bringing an exhibition to the Annual Meeting in Davos. Installed in the Congress Centre, the exhibition will be offered alongside panels, workshops, and other sessions organized by the WEF that address the ecological crisis and the Forum’s major focus on sustainability.

 

The Department of Seaweed Prototyping Workshop is one of four installations that will encourage participants to play with natural elements, learn about the symbiotic relationships in nature, and be inspired to imagine a more cohesive approach to working with nature.

 

About the Department of Seaweed Prototyping Workshop at #wef20

 

Founded by Julia Lohmann in 2013, the Department of Seaweed brings together experts in design, science and craft to experiment with the fabrication processes and material properties of seaweed and explore possible applications of this plentiful and renewable resource. For the installation at Davos, Lohmann has created a seaweed structure, Hidaka-Ohmu, and has available living seaweed and a display of hanging, dried seaweed to show the materials used in the craft process. Participants can work with seaweed in a workshop with Lohmann’s team.

 

Photo: World Economic Forum

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Critical Tide at Designmuseo Helsinki, 6 September – 27 October 2019

We’re very happy to announce that the Design Club selected Pirjo Haikola, Gillian Russell, Gero Grundmann and myself to realise our exhibition on critical design and the future of the oceans. It coincides with Helsinki Design Week, 5-15 September 2019. http://www.designmuseum.fi/en/exhibitions/design-club-open-call-2-critical-design/

 

On Display Magazine 2016, image by Noortje Knulst

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Bio Art Symposium at the Tate Modern

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I am invited to speak at Bio Art: Altered Realities at the Tate Modern on Thursday the 26 November 2015, 18.3020.00. The evening will be chaired by William Myers, author of the eponymous book ‘Bio Art’.

It is exciting to be officially invited back to the Tate Modern where we held an inofficial maggot exhibition and intervention ‘Maggotypes’ fourteen years ago. Back in 2001, the East Room @ the Tate Modern was open to the public and filled with visitors who enjoyed the spectacular view over the Thames. It did not have security personnel or CCTV, so it was the perfect location for Gero Grundmann and myself to exhibit the work of some talented maggot artists in a series of performances.

The audience was allowed to select a maggot-artist who we then interviewed. It answered our questions via ink trail.

As the performance went on, the audiences drew nearer to the table as the maggot turned from disgusting to funny to cute (maybe not cute for everyone but certainly for some).

Afterwards we were asked: “What happens to ‘Bill’ (or Dick, William, Sandra) now? You are not going to kill him, are you?” – Mission accomplished!

Whats-your-name-maggot

 

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Impressions from the Department of Seaweed at the V&A

June 2013

The Department of Seaweed entered its third month. I organised a trip to London for a group of design students from the HFBK in Hamburg and we created a room-setting, food and tableware for a kelp evening in the department.

The studio looks increasingly spectacular.

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Green Gold- Sustain RCA talk

Yesterday I had my first public engagement as Head of the Department of Seaweed at the V&A.  I spoke at a Sustain RCA evening entirely dedicated to the potential of Algae:

‘Fuel, food, fertiliser, dyes, cosmetics, colourants – even pollution control are just a few of the many uses of algae. From design and architecture to fishing and pharmaceuticals, this diverse biological substance is promising to rival fossil fuels and kickstart new economies around its growth and production.
Meet our three speakers: scientist, academic and business consultant Brenda Parker; V&A resident product designer Julia Lohmann, and textile-researcher Marin Sawa – all working at the intersection of science, technology, art and design, exploring the amazing potential of this Green Gold.’ (Quote from the Sustain RCA website)

The talks will go online on the Sustain RCA website in the coming weeks and until then you can find out more about the speakers by folowing these links:

Sustain RCA Website:

http://sustain.rca.ac.uk

Brenda Parker:

http://www.enalgae.eu/ (collaborative website collecting and sharing information on the development of algae based knowledge)

http://www.incropsproject.co.uk/ (a low carbon initivate spinning out from east University of East Anglia)

Marin Sawa:

http://www.marins.co.uk/ (Designer and researcher Marin Sawa works with living algae and currently experiments with printing algae cells as an artist in residence in the Biochemistry Department at Imperial College, just across the road)

Also if you are more generally interested in algae related information, this is the most comprehensive database there seems to be:

http://www.algaebase.org/