Algaculture: A Symbiosis Suit That Uses Algae to Grow Food From Light

by , 08/09/13   filed under: Eco-Art

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Designers Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton envision a future where your clothes also supply nourishment! The Algaculture Symbiosis Suit, which debuted at The Algae Opera at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, would provide all the nutrients needed to the wearer. The suit is based on Algaculture, the idea of creating a symbiotic relationship between humans and algae, as an exploration into alternative ways to fuel the body in the future.

The self-sustaining algae suits are made up of plastic tubes that sprawl all over the body, making up head pieces and body suits.  Green algae pumps through the tubes, coloring the transparent vessels in varying shades of green as it swirls and circulates around the network of plastic.

Of course, the suits would only act as viable sustenance if algaculture was actually employed. The idea proposes that humans become semi-photosynthetic, evolving to become more like salamanders and sea slugs. With the Algaculture Symbiosis Suits, humans would be able to convert light to energy-rich nutrients, like algae does with photosynthesis.

For the suit’s debut, the opera singer at the V&A used her large lung capacity to produce algae product within the tubes of the suit, using her carbon dioxide as ample fuel. The audience was then invited to try a sample of the algae created through the aid of her breath.

Although a seemingly futuristic notion, the Algaculture Symbiosis Suit is an idea for feeding the potentially overpopulated world of the future.

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