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MANNA MACHINE IV
MANNA MACHINE IV, 2009
algae (Chlorella vulgaris), glass, pump, plastic tubes, dimensions variable
exhibition view PLANET PARADIES, Galerie Strickner, Vienna 2009

The sculptures MANNA MACHINE are bioreactors in which algae (Chlorella vulgaris) grow. The pipes constitute a drawing within the room and, comparable to the leaves of a plant, serve photosynthesis. The biomass thus forming is filtered, dried and processed into pigment. Fixed in oil or resin, the algae pigment becomes painting material for a series of paintings entitled HARVEST. Fermented and distilled, on the other hand, the algae are processed into the TONO BUNGAY tonic.