Fuel Your Body With Algae Headgear

Alessia Andreotti
November 21st 2013

Combining art and science, this alien-like tube mask, designed by English art collective Burton Nitta, could be a future alternative source of nutrition for the human body. Called Algaculture, is intended to produce algae for food. By standing in sunlight, algae cultures build up in the helmet's tubes, which can then be ingested by the wearer.

“Algaculture designs a new symbiotic relationship between humans and algae. It proposes a future where humans will be enhanced with algae living inside new bodily organs, allowing us to be semi-photosynthetic. Almost enabling us to become plant-like by gaining food from light. As such, we will be symbionts (meaning that both entities entirely depend on each other for survival), entering into a mutually beneficial relationship with the algae - explain the inventors - Why design new food on what we have now, when we could re-design how we fuel the body altogether?”

Except that the design looks uncomfortable, unsightly and obstructive. What about the taste of food? Would we ever be willing to live (or even sample) a diet of algae? We could alternate Algaculture with Algae Opera, the device that imagines a world where singing produces food.

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