Algae Society – Bellas Artes Exhibit Madrid

Drift & Migrate/Fluir & Migrar

The second exhibition produced by the The Algae Society: Bio Art and Design Lab celebrating algae as an unsung hero of the planet. The exhibit opened November 6, 2019 at the Faculty de Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Algae is a diverse, beautiful, and vital living organism that we all depend on for life on earth as we know it. For this exhibition Algae Society members collaborated with the ARTECS – UCM research group (Arte, Tecnología y Compromiso Social) and the MIAC graduate students to create pieces that talk about the environmental impact of human activity and how this affects the existence of algae worldwide. The hope is to better understand our symbiotic relationship with non-human organisms and to  spawn empathy as we communicate the rich diversity of algae in the face of global warming.

This is the Algae Societies first exhibition in Spain produced by the Complutense Research Group “Art, Technology and Social Commitment – ARTECS”. This show is a continuation of the work of the Algae Society starting at the MOXI / The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation in Santa Barbara (California) from April through July 2019. It includes students and professors of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in addition to the works carried out by the students of the subject “Art, Science and Nature” of the Master in Research, Art and Creation (MIAC) of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UCM, and the members of the ARTECS research group. The Complutense University of Madrid also welcomes work by artists and researchers from the Algae Society and from the University of California Santa Cruz, the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the University of Maine Intermedia MFA program.

ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE : The Algae Society is an international collaboration of artists, scientists and researchers, including the following founding members: Gene Felice (Artist/Acting co-Director, USA), David Harris (Artist/Science communication, Australia), Juniper Harrower (Artist/Scientist, USA), Jennifer Parker (Artist/Acting co-Director USA), José Carlos Espinel (Artist/Designer/Acting co-Director Spain) and Nadjejda Espinel (Scientist, New Zealand).  Fiona Hillary (Artist, Australia) and Tiare Ribeaux (Artist, USA) are newest members to The Algae Society. Our collective seeks to reposition the human perspective of living organisms like algae to be collaborative partners in one culture with the aim to share the rich diversity of algae through exhibitions and workshops for the general community across the globe to grow passion, love, and curiosity for these unique organisms.