Fuel Your Body With Algae Headgear
Combining art and science, this alien-like tube mask, designed by English art collective Burton Nitta, could be a future alternative source of nutrition for the human body. Called Algaculture, is intended to produce algae for food. By standing in sunlight, algae cultures build up in the helmet’s tubes, which can then be ingested by the wearer.
From Fast Food Packaging to Flowerpot
“Enjoy your food. Then put the seeds from under the label with gravel to the bowl and let it grow. After a week, plant bowl with an herb to the ground. The bowl will degrade and you can grow up your own herb”. This is the challenge of Michal Marko, design student at Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic.
I’ll Take A Variety of Fried Gadgets, Please
American photographer Henry Hargreaves inspects humans’ relationship with nutrition and global consumption. The result is the Deep Fried Gadgets project, a series of photos showing technological devices covered in batter and fried: a mobile phone, a tablet, an mp3, a laptop and even a Gameboy.
These images make us think about the fact that our consumption of electronic tools has something in common with the concept of fast food.
If Barbie Had Human Proportions
Maya YogHurt: Fermented Drink Made with Human Lactic Acid
Slovenian bioartist Maja Smrekar modified the genome of yeast with a part of her own DNA. This synthetic gene codes for the production of lactic acid, one of the most common food additives. The lactic acid was used to create “Maya YogHurt“, a fermented drink that was sampled by visitors to the Kapelica Gallery in Slovenia.
In a series of works entitled Human Molecular Colonization Capacity (Hu.M.C.C.) Smrekar explored the possibilities that our own enzymes might hold as a natural resources. She claims that our body is one of the few “uncolonized biotechnological materials” and could become a “trade tool” based on a system of genetic credit.