Giovanni Aloi, reviews The Algae Society's CONFLUENCE exhibition at the Cameron Art Museum for Esse Magazine
CONFLUENCE by the The Algae Society (http://algaesociety.org/) the Cameron Art Museum showcases a variety of media formats, time & magnification scales, and creative approaches to being with algae as a multi-sensory art & science (media art & culture) experience. Including growing algal portraits in a Bio Art lab, VR worldmaking experiences, biodegradable 3D printed sculptures, immersive video & sound works, seaweed pressings, 19th century botanical illustrations, a floating island ecosystem, and more.
The Algae Society is a collective co-founded by Professor Jennifer Parker fascinated by algae as a species that all humans depend on. Since 2018, the society has conducted research and exhibited in Europe, Australia, and North America. We collaborate with artists, designers, scientists, and makers to develop art + technology projects for the general public.
Giovanni Aloi (born 1976) is an author and curator specializing in the representation of nature in modern and contemporary art. He teaches art history and visual culture at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.He is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture and is the co-editor of the University of Minnesota Press book series Art after Nature.
Link to Review: https://esse.ca/en/reviews/confluence/
Image: Jennifer Parker
Jennifer Parker, Algae Digital Kaleidoscope & Tapestry, scanned image of seaweed with diagram of diatoms, 2022.