Algae Platform

The Algae Platform researches new values for wetlands as incubators for locally grown bio-materials and builds an extensive network of scientists, engineers, farmers, makers and artists, researching the potentials of algae.

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Algae Lab, May 2017. © Alexandre Humbert

It started in 2017 with the Algae Lab, a bio-laboratory set up in collaboration with Studio Klarenbeek & Dros in order to explore the potential of growing micro- and macro-algae locally. The algae are mixed with biopolymers to produce a fully bio-sourced material that can replace non-biodegradable fossil oil-based plastics. The project proposes a new model for circular production through biofabrication and decentralized fabrication such as 3D printing.

Investigating other fields such as photographic processes, textile, serigraphy ink, new projects have joined the Algae Platform and are contributing to the algae mapping of the region in natural, urban and industrial landscapes. They show the immense potential of algae and the diversity of materials and applications using this local abundant resource.

The Algae Platform has grown and evolved towards a transnational platform with key partners in the Mediterranean region and beyond. Pilot projects have taken place in Cairo, Istanbul, Sardinia and the Balkans aiming at researching local algae species and collaborating with existing communities. This led to fruitful knowledge exchanges and to the production of a wide range of objects combining craft and new technologies that draw on cultural archives from the diverse locations where they were produced.

The Algae Platform stimulates the creation of knowledge and expertise on algae, exploring unprecedented connections between experts from various disciplines and between local raw resources, makers and users.

The project Algae Lab won the New Material Award. http://www.newmaterialaward.nl

// Years of research : 2017/2018/2019

Project team

  • Johanna Weggelaar

    Project Manager, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France

  • Adeline Weppe

    Researcher, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France

  • Anne-Claire Hostequin

    Product Designer / Project Manager, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France

  • Axelle Gisserot

    Textile Designer / Project Manager, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France

  • Eric Klarenbeek

    Designer, Studio Klarenbeek & Dros

    Zaandam, The Netherlands

  • Maartje Dros

    Designer, Studio Klarenbeek & Dros

    Zaandam, The Netherlands

  • Clara Montrieul

    Assistant, Studio Klarenbeek & Dros

    Zaandam, The Netherlands

  • Iiris Möller

    Assistant, Studio Klarenbeek & Dros

    Zaandam, The Netherlands

  • Patrick Grillas

    Tour du Valat

    Arles, France

  • François Mesleard

    Tour du Valat

    Arles, France

  • Hugo Fontes

    Botanist, Tour du Valat

    Arles, France

  • Alain Charron

    Chief Curator of Heritage, Musée de l'Arles antique

    Arles, France

  • Soizic Toussaint

    Musée de l'Arles antique

    Arles, France

  • Philippe Rigout

    Algonesia

    Paris, France

  • Jean-François Sassi

    CEA Cadarache

    Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France

  • Nicolas Le Moigne

    Ecole des Mines

    Alès, France

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