There’s plenty of great events you can visit this week as part of the London Design Festival. To help you pick, here’s a selection by Steve Rose from The Guardian and by Ben Evans, the Festival’s director. One event we wouldn’t want to miss will take place this weekend @ V&A Museum. Titled The Algae Opera, it is a collaborative project of the After Agri collective (Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton) with a mezzo-soprano Louise Ashcroft, in which the opera singer gets transformed with biotechnology to form a unique relationship with algae.
Algae, a photosynthetic plant-like organism will feed on the carbon dioxide in the singer’s breathe. As an important future food source, the singer’s algae can also be eaten – so alongside listening to her music, the audience can also taste her song. To increase the growth of the algae the body of the singer is trained to use her and large lung capacity to produce the highest quality algae-product. The composition of the song and the singer’s vocal technique are redesigned to specifically produce algae and enrich its taste. To do this, the composer and singer use the new science of sonic enhancement of food where different pitches and frequencies make food taste either bitter or sweet.
The Algae Opera is a part of Digital Design Weekend @ V&A. Performances will take place at 13.00, 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00 on the 22nd & 23rd September.