The Photosynthesis and I course is designed to explore the phenomenon of photosynthesis and its importance to organisms, including ourselves. The goal of the course is to develop an artistic project in which photosynthetic organisms could interact with humans. The questions we will try to answer are: How does light affect different photosynthetic organisms? How can single-celled organisms interact with us humans?
Two photosynthetic organisms will be available for the experiments: the unicellular alga Euglena gracilis and the cyanobacteria Nostoc, also known as blue-green algae. As we cultivate and experiment with the organisms, we will develop small interactive art projects.
During the class we will also have time to discuss media art and look at art projects that use algae as part of an artwork. If selected, the projects will become part of the international conference organized in Summer in Weimar and also Ars Electronica festival in Linz.
Part of the course is a workshop Growing, Forming and Living (with) Microalgae with biologist Johann Bauerfeind, scheduled for 04/12/2023, 04/13/2023.
It is expected that the developed projects will be documented in detail in the GMU wiki.