Biotricity@Dutch Technology week

Biotricity: Generating electricity from wastewater

Location: The Netherlands, Eindhoven, Baltan Laboratories presentation at the Dutch Technology Week @ Schellensfabriek.

Dates: 2 June 2013, 13.00 – 17.00

The workshop Biotricity explores the connection between water treatment and green energy production. The workshop is experimenting with the ‘next-generation’ biotechnology (called – microbial fuel cells / MFC) and how it can be approached and interpreted through artistic perspective and cultural innovation. MFC technology is based on a bio-electrochemical system that converts chemical energy to electrical energy by using microorganisms – bacteria found in the commonly available resource such as, for instance, wastewater. Workshop by: Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Voldemars Johansons



Biotricity workshop. Photo by Boudewijn Bollmann
Biotricity workshop. Photo by Boudewijn Bollmann

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Bacteria Battery No. 5. A Networked bio-energy & sounds installation

Location: The Netherlands, Eindhoven, Dutch Technology Week @ Schellensfabriek.

Dates: 31 May 2013 – 7 June 2013

‘Bacteria Battery No.5′ is an innovative art and science collaboration project by Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits and Martins Ratniks together with sound artist and composer Voldemars Johansons and young biologists from University of Latvia. The installation consists of a cell network altogether creating a ‘bacteria battery’. A part of the battery is aligned at the exhibition space in illuminated plastic containers whereas the other part operates remotely from a pond in Latvian rural area which is streamed live on one of the monitors at the exhibition space while another monitor displays microscopic images of the bacteria environment offering a limited insight into this invisible world. This ‘bacteria fuel’ process is interpreted in sound structures providing an aesthetic perspective on the mutual relations between nature and technology, biologic systems and electronic networks.



Bacteria Battery No. 5. Photo by Boudewijn Bollmann
Bacteria Battery No. 5. Photo by Boudewijn Bollmann

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