Michael Burk & Ann-Katrin Krenz.

Parasitic / Symbiotic
In the project “Parasitic / Symbiotic” this area of tension between nature and technology is addressed. A scenario is created in which the human being makes use of a technical device, that is sitting like a parasite on a tree. It contains a milling machine, which moves along a tree to carve encoded text into it. For the content of the carving a poem from romanticism („Abschied.“ von Joseph von Eichendorff) is used, which expresses the natural thoughts of unity and oneness and depicts the relation of nature and culture.


Algae Opera
singer: Louise Ashcroft
When we think of futuristic fashion, our minds often lean toward the minimalist designs of Star Trek or Tron. But maybe what we wear in the future will have more to do with what we eat than what we want to look like.
That’s the premise behind the algaculture symbiosis suit designed by Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta. The symbiosis suit is designed to make food for you as you go about your daily routine. A number of tubes, placed in front of your mouth, harness the CO2 you breathe and feed it to an ever-growing population of algae which lives in the suit. Stepping outside or sitting near a window provides the algae all the sun it requires.
Of course, the growing of algae isn’t the end-game here — it’s growing enough to eat three square meals a day of the stuff. The suit debuted at a recent event at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. There, an opera singer donned the algaculture symbiosis suit and serenaded the gathered crowd. The suit created new algae populations during her performance, which audience members were free to consume after the presentation.


Seine Arbeiten sind wie Parasiten, die sich einen Raum erschließen, massiv in ihn eingreifen und ihn unter Umständen seiner eigentlichen Funktion entheben, indem sie ihn z.B. unbetretbar machen oder Sichtachsen versperren. Zugleich gehen diese Parasiten eine Symbiose mit dem Raum bzw. Mit einzelnen Architekturelementen ein, auf die sie reagieren: Die ‘Skulptur’ braucht die Architektur, um überhaupt existieren zu können, und die Architektur profitiert insofern von diesem Eingriff, als ihr ganz neue visuelle und räumliche Qualitäten hinzugefügt werden.