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Kelp Research – ongoing

 

Climate is Culture – Cape Farewell

My research into seaweed or kelp originates from my interest  in edible plants and landscapes, harvesting and growing sustainable food structures and the possibilities of their role within a cultural and social sphere. Living on a coastal landscape in Wales and in Copenhagen, I’m interested in the idea of being part of the same biodiversity, on the fringes of the sea, part of an ecosystem of exchange. Kelp is farmed across the world though our connection to it as an ancient food and as a source of nourishment on a local and vernacular level is almost lost.  I propose the idea of kelp and other local forage foods containing a kind of cultural knowledge as well as a nourishment and a simple taste. Connecting you to the landscape on another level.

This research has developed from an exhibition at Nebbet with friends where we cooked seaweed together to meeting Mei Setzu and learning about i

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Mariculture is a specialized branch of aquaculture involving the cultivation of marine organisms for food and other products in the open ocean, an enclosed section of the ocean, or in tanks, ponds or raceways which are filled with seawater.

Current Research and Development Project:

‘Kelp School’ 2015 – 2017 (working title) is an investigative dialogue I’ve been developing for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, commissioned by Cape Farewell, together with the School of Bio Sciences at Swansea University and Biohaven Industry experts Frog Environmental.

A public art project which investigates the possibilities of using art as an interface to bring the new landscape of the lagoon together with bioscience, biodiversity and sustainability with community, education and ‘local’ culture – organic, biological, environmental, social, political and economic. Primarily the main focus of the commission is to investigate the possibility of creating a community aqua culture project as a vehicle for a wider engagement in climate, food local biodiversity and research – produced within a not for profit community partnership. More news soon.

Links relating to research and interests:

http://californiakelpforest.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/known-to-be-one-of-most-magnificent-of.html

http://frogenvironmental.co.uk

http://www.capefarewell.com

http://www.tidallagoonswanseabay.com

http://www.tidallagoonswanseabay.com/storage/documents/E-Newsletter_Nov-2014_proof%203.pdf