The Algae Society: Bio Art Design Lab

Explore the many fascinating ways in which algae plays a critical role on our planet! These diverse, beautiful, and vital living organisms are unsung heroes of the planet: they produce half of the total global oxygen while absorbing one third of the carbon dioxide produced on our planet. We all depend on algae for life as we know it. The exhibit is on display at the MOXI Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation in Santa Barbara through July 23.

UCSC art professor Jennifer Parker has teamed up with former Digital Arts & New Media graduate student Gene Felice (DANM 2014), now an assistant professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington to establish The Algae Society Bio Art Design Lab (

This art and science collective seeks to reposition the human perspective of non-human living organisms to be collaborative partners in one culture. The hope is to better understand our symbiotic relationship with non-human organisms and to spawn love and empathy as we communicate the rich diversity of algae in the face of global warming.

The Algae Society is an international collective of over 20 artists, scientists and researchers, many of which have worked with Professor Parker as part of UCSC’s OpenLab Research Center. Participants include: José Carlos Espinel (Artist/Designer, Spain), Gene Felice (Artist/Acting co-Director, USA), David Harris (Artist/Science communication, Australia), Juniper Harrower (Artist/Scientist, USA), Jennifer Parker (Artist/Acting co-Director USA), and Nadjejda Espinel Velasco (Scientist, New Zealand).

Additional participating artists in the MOXI exhibit include: Anna Atkins (1799 - 1871 English photographer and botanist), Ceres Madoo LA artist and educator, Leslie Thompson UCSC undergraduate alum in art, graduate students from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain: Ada Credá, David García León, Mariana Gutierrez, Laura Garzón, Elena Blanch González, Pedro Terrón Manrique, Iria Groba, Trinidad Energici, Diana Botas, Alejandra Pérez Pire, Belén Segú, Andres Palacios, Mª Paula Rubiano, Pascual Donate, Ximo Berenguer, Mauro Hernández, Pilar Buitrago, Victor Echevarría, Marcos Tapia, Isabel Nuñez, Laura del Castillo, Steffany Rodriguez, and dried Algae specimens from the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity & Ecological Restoration at UCSB.

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Exhibition through July 23
Daily: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

MOXI Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation in Santa Barbara

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Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public, Graduate Students


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Arts Division


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