Sun 8 Dec 2019, 1pm—4pm
Seaweed figures prominently as food, fibre and fuel in remedial futures for our troubled Earth. Fast-growing, ecology-restoring, nutrient-dense, kelp captures carbon (and us). Beyond the much-promised ‘blue economy’, there are other seaweed stories, and alternative ways to try to tell them.
This will be an open guided discussion which aims to centre seaweed as a subject and as a protagonist; to work with seaweed as a collaborator.
Through discussion and workshop activities, we will attempt to tune our listening to the non-human others below the waterline, exploring questions such as:
* From the polar North to our own southern waters; from above and below – what is life like for the world’s seaweeds?
* Kelp captures carbon – but what does seaweed want?
* We gather seaweed, but how does seaweed gather us?
In this session, artists, scientists and designers will lead artistic explorations of seaweed appreciation through texts, tastes, objects, activities, and recipes. Led by Danni Zuvela, with members of the Seaweed Appreciation Society International, Makiko Yamamato, Scale Free Network (Gregory Crocetti and Briony Barr); and invited guests from the International Kelp Congress (Norway) and Department of Seaweed (Finland).