Algae rug / Green Matters (by Capsula)
Green Matters is a utopian attempt to save a piece of the Baltic Sea by collecting green algae and exploring its possibilities as textile material. It is at the same time a commentary on the eutrophication problem. Eutrophication is a serious challenge for the Baltic Sea. The main culprit for this eco-catastrophe is claimed to be the agricultural waste that has been dumped into the Baltic Sea during generations. Now the Baltic Sea nations are waking up to the situation and taking up measures in order to change the situation. Collecting algae at certain moment of its cycle, releaves a bit the saturation process of nutrients in the sea.
Mia collected and experimented with algae during the summer of 2010 at the The Archipelago Research Institute and on the island of Oura. She collected, processed, weaved rugs and documented the whole process on video. It shows how everyone can, at least in theory, start their own algae rug weaving with traditional Finnish handraft techniques The video manual will be distributed online on the websites of Capsula, TURKU2011 and utube, and will be part of the exhibition.