The Algae Opera (2012 -)
As part of the Digital Design Weekend at the V&A, 22nd & 23rd September 2012.
An opera singer is transformed with biotechnology to form a unique relationship with algae.
The algae, which are a photosynthetic plant-like organism, feeds on the carbon dioxide in the singer’s breath. As an important future food source, the singer’s algae can also be eaten. Alongside listening to her music, the audience can also taste her song. To increase the growth of the algae the body of the singer is trained to use her extraordinary large lung capacity to produce the highest quality algae-product. The composition of the song and the singer’s vocal technique are redesigned to specifically produce algae and enrich its taste. To do this, the composer and singer use the new science of sonic enhancement of food where different pitches and frequencies make food taste either bitter or sweet.
So in the age of biotechnology not only can the audience listen to her talent but they can also savor her unique blend of algae that are enriched by her song.
Photo by Matt Mcquillan
Trailer footage from the performance at Victoria & Albert museum, September 2012
Artist Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta
In collaboration with
Composer Gameshow Outpatient
Mezzo-Soprano Louise Ashcroft
Actor Samuel Lewis
Louise's journal blog Sitting next to the future
Article “Algae opera nourishes algae with a singers breath on michalbrzezinski.org
Article Algae: Art's New Star on Huffington Post
Article AfterAgri present The Algae Opera @ V&A on happyfamousartists.com
Article EAT SOME ALGAE AN OPERA SINGER GREW WITH HER BREATH on Animalnewyork.com
Article Algae Opera imagines a world where song produces Earth's food supply on culture section at Wired.co.uk
Article The Algae Opera, A Singer's Breath Feeds Algae Which is Fed to the Audience on laughingsquid.com
Article “Algae Opera” Nourishes Algae with a Singer’s Breath on nextnature.net
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