I was honored to be invited by Artist and Educator Nichole van Beek to speak about my project: Agar Garden, along with three other artists, in CAA Annual Conference:

Recorded Panel Discussion

Biodegradable Art: Towards Regenerative and Circular Systems


In this session, artists and educators using biodegradable materials are invited to present their work and their process. The focus is on artwork made with materials grown in-house or locally, or obtained through waste collection or foraging, that can be composted in personal or municipal facilities. Examples may include mycocomposites or mycofoam, kombucha leather, bioplastics, recycled paper pulp, or bio-based colorants. Presenters will discuss how the life-cycle analysis of materials contributes to the conceptual framework of their practice, and connects to larger conversations about climate change mitigation, waste reduction, and regenerative systems. How might art reflect the necessary shift away from a destructive linear economy to refocus on a circular economy? The question of archivalness of materials and the possibility of reframing a limited life-span as an asset will also be addressed. Presenters will talk about the interdisciplinary nature of their projects: how they intersect with design, architecture, agriculture, biology, or material science for example, and how this might be utilized as a pedagogical cornerstone.

Speakers:

Agar garden: A flower making process explores between bio,
digital and recycled fabrication
Yi Hsuan Sung

Living with Mycelia
Maria Whiteman

Biodegradability as process within interdisciplinary art practice
Katie Taylor

Biohue
Judi Pettite

Agar Garden Slide Show

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