The huge potential of microalgae has been a subject
of research in natural sciences for quite some time.
Meanwhile the artistic and creative value of this
resource is mostly undiscovered land.
Algaemy investigates the potential of microalgae in a
creative context. The designers Essi Johanna Glomb
(textile design) and Rasa Weber (product design) reveal
the aesthetic potential of a resource which is mostly
regarded as weeds within Europe.
Algaemy is an analogue textile-printer which produces
its own (surprisingly fast-growing) pigment. A wide color
palette from different shades of blue, green, brown and
even red derives from various species of microalgae.
Microalgae have an incredibly wide range of applications,
such as nutrition, energy- and oil production, filtering
qualities and even CO2absorption. The machine uses
this potential to create an autarkic circle of production,
which does not require additional energy or material
apart from human power and the microalgae itself.
Algaemy is a design-laboratory investigating the
potential of microalgae as pigment in textile printing.