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MANNA MACHINE III
MANNA MACHINE III, 2008
algae (Chlorella vulgaris), acrylic glass, pumps, plastic tubes, neon-lights, 130 x 130 x 130 cm
exhibition view BIOS. Konzepte des Lebens in der zeitgenössischen Skulptur, Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin 2012

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.