The three vignettes – a living room, a dining room, and a kitchen/control center – each espouse a different character, and the living vessels function differently in each space. The morphologies of hand-blown glass vessels function both as lighting and heating elements for the human occupants, and high functioning photobioreactors which provide heat, light, agitation, air supply, nutrient and waste control to the living algae inside. This life support system is connected through just under 0,5 mile of wiring and plumbing to a hybrid between a scientific workstation and a media cabinent.
At this workstation each of the nine vessel’s life support systems can be adjusted individually. The 3D printed nylon knobs embedded in the surface of this workstation actuate eighteen valves which allow for the harvesting of Spirulina when the culture becomes dense enough, and the supply of fresh liquid media to each vessel. Inside the cabinet the pumps, tubing, manifolds, LED drivers, air pumps, heater connections and filters which comprise the heart of the life support system.
until March 27, 2016
Ethan Frier and Jacob Douenias
Museum of Contemporary Art Pittsburgh
500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh