Archiving/designing at FAYD

PhD candidate - Design Department of Politecnico di Milano

Previously artist in residence at Fabrica Research Centre
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Archiving/designing at FAYD

PhD candidate - Design Department of Politecnico di Milano

-> The Secret Life of Microalgae 
Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporánea
01.04.24 - 01.10.24 
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Venezia Fabrica Futura

Complesso dell’Ospedaletto, Venezia
produced by Fabrica Research Centre
Artists: Asuka Akagawa, Riccardo Androni, Giorgia Burzio, Stefano Dealessandri

An eco-critical laboratory of a contemporary Venice projected into the future.

Fabrica Research Centre arrives at Complesso dell’Ospedaletto in Venice with the intention of creating an eco-critical research laboratory concerning the lagoon city and its complex ecosystem. This laboratory »Venezia Fabrica Futura« explores alternative futures already present in the lagoon and proposes a reflection on local ecologies of co-existence in an era marked by global political, economic and environmental crises.

A group of young international researchers previously in residence at Fabrica proposes multimedia research projects, including interactive video games; bio-fabrications with mussels from the lagoon; experiential tastings; experimental herbariums dedicated to underwater flora and sound re-elaborations of wave motion and pollution data from Venetian canals.

Spatial view, Complesso dell’Ospedaletto

»Gardenotopia« proposes a multi-sensorial and speculative vision of a more balanced Venice — lagoon’s ecology relationship. In this yet-to-happen future (or alternative present?) plants and organisms thriving in the lagoon spark new imaginaries of adaptation to the exasperating prophecy:

Is Venice going to sink?

In collaboration with algae, halophyte plants, mussels, water, salt.
This project proposes two alternative scenarios where new forms of craft, D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) approach and bio-based materials for 3D printing arise in a local context such as Venice, in relation with the lagoon.

Mariculture explores a domestic way of growing algae to feed mussels, in an attempt to create a symbiotic system. The water contained in the glass is brackish water collected from the lagoon with a solution of micro-algae and phytoplankton to boost the growing process.

Mussels shell for biofabrication tests the potentialities of shells as a material for 3D bioprinting. In the past, mussels were suspected to be indigestible and sometimes even toxic across Europe. In 1939, mussels farming was introduced to the lagoon thanks to Alfredo Gilebbi, and today it is an important local commercial product.

Despite this, mussel shells are considered and treated as waste by-products. The filament obtained is a mixture of biodegradable plastic PLA and mussels shell powder in different proportions and colors.

credits: Riccardo Androni

This page is currently under construction.


Locality, sandbanks, post-tourism, food, futures, extinction, specimen

“Erbario lagunare”, Foucault’s heterotopia, Tim Ingold “Making. Anthropology, archeology, art and architecture”, The Preserve Journal