Interdisciplinary brainstorm exploring possible research questions on algae with artist Filip Van Dingenen and VUB-researchers.
The Crosstalks Ateliers are small-scale, interdisciplinary brainstorms, focusing on an open and constructive dialogue between artists and scientists. The Ateliers are informal networking events that, over time, can focus on more specific interdisciplinary research questions. This first Crosstalks Atelier results from the Series of More-than-Human Encounters on Radical Botany, which took place on October 19, 2021 at Kaaitheater.
Algae are the fastest growing food product in the world. They are used in cosmetics and in food, and increasingly in animal feed. They are also the basis for innovative research, ranging from natural fertilizers to biological detergents or raw materials for biological materials, such as bioplastics and building materials. Algae are a billion-dollar business which also raises many ecological, legal and economic questions: How to grow algae on a large scale and what are the effects on the ecosystem? Who can harvest algae, and who cannot? How can these voiceless actors be represented? Etc.
13:30 – Welcome and introduction + Tour de Table
14:00 – Presentation by Filip Van Dingenen: Platform for Algae Diplomacy
14:30 – Q&A + first reactions
15:00 – Short break
15:10 – Brainstorm on possible research questions
16:00 - 16:30 – How to continue?
Participation by invitation only.