The scenario: The casa diatom is evolving from a grow-your-own-diatoms aquarium to an adaptable system that made of bio-degradable material. The part-machine part-living-creature is self-assembly and once it is matured, it will be hosting the existing or new born diatoms and acts as a underwater cultivating medium, be it in a lake, ocean, reservoir, pond, pool or any aqueous environment. It is a self-sustaining 'housing project' for diatoms, where they experience life and death. Like any other living creatures on earth, in an eco-chain, the dead always contributes to the spring of new life. In this case, frustule (diatom's skeleton) will be 'fertilizing' the new microchips or solar panels. The medium that nurtures diatoms becomes a factory for intelligent technologies, by transfering dead diatoms from the 'morgue' and 'reincarnating' them into part of the new forms, gives birth to a new 'life form', by accepting the fact that future microchips or solar panels could be manufactured naturally with certain controlled systems in place.
Archigram movement in the 60's was truly inspiring but apparently human race did not move on from industrial age since then. It is a shame that we are too arogant to blend into nature law and ignored the wisdoms that being showcased by nature. David Greene's utopian concept of a cybernetic forest sounds more convincing than any other futuristic robotic cities ever proposed.
"I like to think (right now please!) of a cybernetic forest filled with pines and electonica where deer stroll peacefully past computers as if they were flowers with spinning blossoms."
-David Greene, Gardener's Notebook (Archigram)
Through their projects and proposals, they predicted a blurring of boundaries and a convergence of technologies. They realized that these technologies would begin shaping and altering the world in ways that they could only begin to imagine. Undoubtedly, the invention of internet has blurred the virtual-actual phenomenon, with the breakthroughs in genetic and biotech, perplexing situation between nature and technologies is expanding its territory from GM foods to superhuman. It is time to back to basic and rethink the harmonious relationships between man-made technologies and nature, where everything seems a little more sensible...
Top layer from the decayed life forms was removed to a different salt water tank with natural sunlight and limited oxigen. No sign of new life form after 20 days.
Seawater, seaweed, life rocks, sand, living shell and snail collected from Portmouth beach. The shell and snail died after 7 days due to lack of foods and dehydration, but dead bodies were left in the tank for decaying. The decayed dead shell and snail supplied nutrients for new air born bacteria and diatom.
Existence of diatom colonial after 14 days. Declining water level due to evaporation left some dead diatom colonials on the wall.
Unknown sesame-like-creatures found on the life stone.
Most of the seaweed did not survive but some do. The tank condition is now very bad for new life form but perfect for some micro-organism such as algae or diatom.
new life in production...
The design concept is inspired by the process of programmed cell death; deliberate cell suicide, which enables organs and limbs to develop. This process is crucial to the shape and function of every organism. Carole chose to echo this principle in her collection of garden furniture and textiles that will evolve with time; the final forms only to be revealed at the end of the ‘apoptosis’ process. Using biodegradable (natural) and durable (synthetic) materials. Portions of the furniture and textiles will slowly biodegrade to reveal different final forms. The process of biodegradation will also support C. elegans, which feeds on the bacteria that live in soil and compost.
Suicidal Textiles is a collection of sustainable garden textiles and outdoor textile furniture inspired by the process of apoptosis in C.elegans and the research of Sir John Sulston,
“Programmed Cell Death or Apoptosis” inspired the collection of suicidal poufs, parts of which slowly biodegrade over time to reveal a final form.
“Ubiquitous and Overlooked” inspired a collection of garden textiles which pays tribute to C.elegans.
“Common Threads” inspired the range of materials used in the production of the collection.
“Aperiodic repeat” inspired the design of a Toile de C.elegans with an aperiodic repeat, which plays with the historical icon of the Toile de Jouy but references DNA maps, and the C.elegans genome.
During 2007 and 2008, artist Brandon Ballengée has been leading a UK study into declining amphibian species, through participatory lab and field-based research investigations, working with the public as well as collaborating scientists. Ballengée's investigations are being enabled by residencies at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Gunpowder Park, Essex, and SPACE, London.
Oxman's first-generation rapid manufacturing technology for depositing material with gradually varying physical properties has won her The Earth Awards, watch the interview on at a gala held at The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York on January 12, 2009.