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The Algae Society is a global collective of interdisciplinary researchers working together to establish a new community with algae as a non-human international research partner. As a working group of artists, scientists and scholars, we’ve focused our efforts to collaborate, cooperate, experiment, design and exhibit with algae. Our collaboration is a novel approach aiming to benefit and educate the public on the importance of symbiotic human-algal relationships highlighting algae as the unsung hero of the planet responsible for producing 50% of our oxygen. We seek to ignite new research and communication across the globe that transcends disciplines and invites compassionate connections with these living organisms. Each exhibition includes new works created and curated by The Algae Society with the intention to spark effective actions of change that shift human behavior. These exhibitions have reached thousands of people, and have been featured at international galleries, museums and the COP25 climate conference in Madrid. We create interdisciplinary, multimedia bridges for understanding these more-than-human organisms, generating curiosity and wonder among participants and viewers. Here we briefly share our evolving interdisciplinary process and highlight four artistic works from Algae Society founding members while reflecting on each researcher’s aim, process, materiality, and aesthetic considerations. We endeavor for these interactive educational experiences to ignite societal behavioral shifts and direct action in response to the challenges that algal-human ecosystems face under climate change.
Since January 2018
|Art Department, UC Santa Cruz|
|MOXI, Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation|
|Global Climate and Health Summit, COP25|
|Art Dept, Universidad Complutense de Madrid|
|Posthuman PUBLICS Laboratory, RMIT|
|OpenLab, UC Santa Cruz|
|SymbioArtlab, UC Santa Cruz|
|CoAction Lab, University of North Carolina, Wilmington|
|SciArtica, Queensland College of Art|
Interdisciplinary Algae Art + Science Collaboration Environmental Art Sustainability Art As Research
Biology Art Microbiology Digital Media Arts
We thank UC Santa Cruz Art Department and Universidad Complutense de Madrid for funding support.