“Algaculture Symbiosis Suit” concept feeds you algae

Algaculture symbiosis suit

Algaculture symbiosis suit

The photo above may look like a really bad torture device, but it actually provides an insight on how men of the future would consume their food. This is an “Algaculture Symbiosis Suit,” consisting of a series of tubes housing billions of microscopic algae meant for human consumption.

Created by artists Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta (collectively known as Burton Nitta), the symbiosis suit concept captures carbon dioxide and sunlight to cultivate the embedded algae. The project debuted last year outside the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, but without the tubes. Instead, performace artist Noah Young was strapped with wax-like material made to look like veins filled with green algae (pictured below). Young stayed under sunlight as he moved along the narration of Samuel Lewis. The guests feasted on the veins after the show.

Algaculture symbiosis suit debut

Eating algae may sound gross at first, but you have actually been eating it without you knowing it. That jelly you ate for your thinspiration? It is usually made from a type of red algae. That green leafy stuff wrapping your sushi? That’s nori, also made from a species of red algae. This microorganism can also be found in milk products, flaxseed oil, and even in some noodles.

“Algaculture designs a new symbiotic relationship between humans and algae,” Burton Nitta wrote on their website. “It proposes a future where humans will be enhanced with algae living inside new bodily organs, allowing us to be semi-photosynthetic.”

Putting on symbiosis suits would soon enable humans to become “symbionts” (wherein both man and algae depend on each other for survival). In this age where we worry about food shortage and food contamination, growing your own food right from your own suit wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

Source: Mashable

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