[Austria] In the exhibition FUTUR II, coal plays a central role. As a starting point, Thomas Feuerstein uses algae (Chlorella vulgaris) grown in specially designed glass objects or bioreactors. The biomass of the algae led to the title sculpture FUTUR II, which by way of a chemical process of hydrothermal carbonization transforms the organic material into coal.
As if in fast motion, the plant cells transform within just a few hours to coal, a process that would normally last millions of years. In so doing, coal is produced for art. The coal produced in this way is pressed into crayons that Feuerstein uses for his drawings.
In the Futur II (Time Machine) (2013), Feuerstein explores another type of fuel. Chlorella vulgaris, is a type of algae (which are full of Biotech potential) grown in a especially designed glass photobioreactor.
The algae culture was then submitted to hydrothermal carbonization, a chemical process that transform the biomass into coal – which naturally takes millions of years.
This was a slightly ironic destiny for algae, which instead ‘promises a Green future for Biotech‘ and the ‘3rd Industrial Revolution‘. Feuerstein later used this algae coal to make drawing crayons for illustrations.
View original article at: BioArt : Feeding the mind with Thomas Feuerstein’s living machines and green organs