The Algae Society

The Algae Society is a global collective of interdisciplinary researchers working together to establish a new community with algae, as a non-human international research partner. The Algae Society was founded by a special partnership between the Coaction Lab and the Open Lab Research Group at UC Santa Cruz.

www.algaesociety.org

As a working group of artists, scientists and scholars, we’ve focused our lens to collaborate, cooperate, experiment, design and exhibit with algae as a united society in an interdependent system of organisms. The aim of The Algae Society is to spark and ignite new research & communication approaches across the globe that transcend disciplines to invite deeper more compassionate connections for living organisms like algae. We aim to build effective actions of change that alter human behavior, embrace curiosity and wonder, and spawn love and empathy as we communicate the rich diversity of algae in the face of global warming.

The outcome of these collaborations will be shared as creative art/science works and scholarly writings. The Algae Society launched its first exhibit at the MOXI Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation in Santa Barbara, CA from April – July 2019. Our collaboration is a novel approach that seeks to benefit, support and educate the public of our symbiotic relationship with non-human organisms. All exhibits will be developed in consultation with Algae Society participants informed by algae from Australia, Egypt, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States.

The Algae Society is as a global collective of interdisciplinary researchers working to establish a new community with algae as a non-human international research partner. As a working group we aim to collaborate, conceive, cooperate, and experiment with algae as a united society bound together in an interdependent system of organisms adapting to global warming. Our collaboration is a creative approach that seeks to benefit, support and educate the public of our symbiotic relationship.

We are currently launching a series of regional exhibits developed in consultation with each other and informed by algae from Australia, Egypt, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States. It is our hope that these exhibits will spark deeper conversations and bloom new research avenues and partners to expand and rethink possibilities with the natural world as a collaborator rather than just a resource for humanity to protect, engineer and extract.