Jennifer Willet, The Great Lakes Algae Organ, 2016

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Organ with bicycle, performance object and sculpture, wood, acrylic paints, plastic tubing

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The Great Lakes Algae Organ is a bicycle propelled street organ that grows and displays living spirulina algae. Audiences are invited to enjoy live organ music while engaging with a live algae colony, while considering algae’s many roles as a superfood, oxygen producer, biofuel, and invasive species.

The work belongs to a series titled ‘Baroque Biology’ which presents a feminist science-fiction where biotechnology manifests interspecies collaboration, reproduction, theatre and storytelling to re-imagine our shared biotech future.  The artworks imagine biotechnology research as an integrated part of our planetary ecology and everyday life.

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