Cultivating Collaboration: growing images with Algae
Nutrient runoff from industrial-scale agriculture combined with rapidly changing climate patterns has increased the severity and devastation from algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. These toxic blooms have resulted in massive deaths for many different species. In memoriam to the lives lost we are working with the algae Chlorella vulgaris and Haematoccoccus to create algae images in homage to some of the organisms that we have lost and others in crisis. These living images are cultivated with growing algae and will dynamically change throughout their lifecycle.
Algae Bioreactor: Haematococcus
In collaboration with Dr. Catharina Alves-de-Souza, Director of the Algal Resources Collection at the Center for Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, which has loaned us a Bioreactor to grow Haematococcus algae and the agar petri dishes to be grown in the Cultivating Collaboration project.