Bodyponics

What if we treat the body as a resource of which valuable materials can be harvested? This performative research project posed the question what could be produced with the materials my own body produces. From Hair to sweat, everything could have a function.

The human body not only takes in, but also gives out. Instead of pouring our waste down the drain, why not use it to sustain life spliced from our own? By harnessing the capacity to grow and nurture plants on my leftover bodily energy, shunned waste is turned into a valuable food commodity. Let’s take three different bodily matters and convert them into usable materials. Sweat for salt, hair for soil and urine for fertilizer. The production closes the distance between the human body and the energy cycle of nature. The harvested materials are used to nurture plants, and to create a salad. Lettuce, radish, mustard and more, join in the feast of human production.

Photo by Femke Rijerman
 
 
 
 
 

The Microbial Ark

How could we save all life on earth? Not the smallest question you can ask yourself, I set out to create a new ark of Noah, not one made of wood, but one out of metal and rock. Set to be shot into outer space. This project is set around a speculative future in which we need to find a new way to safeguard life on earth.  Gathering animals two by two isn’t going to do it. Natural life is always connected to the context of its surroundings. Once you remove nature from it context, it transforms.

Thus, this ark will only carry the essence of life itself. 50 different species of bacteria, embedded in the centre of the spacecraft will be the spark of life to send away, an evolutionary starter kit of carbon based life.

Only one precious gift is included in this microbial ark, knowledge. What if we could send a letter to this future form of life? To stand the test of time, this message will be encoded into the DNA of these bacteria themselves. 50 letters encoded in 50 species, to be read when the they land and have evolved into sentient forms of life.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Gut Feelings

It turns out your ‘gut feeling’ isn’t just an expression. We are discovering that the connection between our inner gut flora and our brains is much more closely linked than thought before. Could there be a way to communicate back? And give something back to this ecology inside of us.

‘Gut Feelings’ is a speculative kit which allows you to nourish the microbiome of your own body. With a soap that supports your bacteria, instead of exterminating them. A tube to intubate and deliver new probiotic bacteria directly to the gut, and other tools to maintain these microbes.

 

 
 
 
 

Living Stone

Some buildings are not as static as they appear. From the cracks and crevices you can see tiny formations emerging. This is urban dripstone forming from the concrete structures. These stalactites and stalagmites are formed by calcium and the Co2 present in the air. Collaborating with the University of Koblenz-Landau I recreated this growing rock in the lab, developing a technique that forms these sculptures in hours instead of millenia.

I want to highlight these natural formations and try to decode this process of growing stone, creating growing buildings. This reaction uses Co2 and smog particles from the atmosphere to solidify, which could very well have a much more important role than we realise now.

Collaboration with the department of inorganic chemistry, University Koblenz-Landau

 
 
 
 
 
 

Mycelium Structures

Material research into the limits of oyster mushroom growth and mycelium strength.

 
 
 

“Siri, where can I find happiness?”

“Siri, where can I find happiness?” This research delves into the questions how we relate to our digital assistants. A simple question to ask, but a hard one to answer. What happens if you ask your digital companions the harder questions of life? Asking this very question to our digital assistant lead us to a nearby ice cream shop by accident. Are our ai helpers equipped to help us with these questions, or are they just a blank canvas on which impart our own meanings.

The project proposes a future in which Siri would only answer back with your own questions, giving yourself the chance to take a good look in the mirror.

Collaboration with Jonas Ersland & Inger Wiering

 
 
 

Photography

Some of my observations and compositions