Will Carey
2007/9

Nano Ecologies

Nanotechnology is the fascinating world of the molecular and atomic building blocks that surround us, both biologically and mechanically. It is the manipulation of these particles at the nano scale (a human hair is 80,000nm wide) that offers exciting new opportunities and insight into how we will interact with our environment.

This project (in collaboration with Daisy Ginsberg and Eva Kellenberger) explores the realm of bio-nanotechnology, elements present in living matter such as food, and the cellular structure of our bodies. By questioning the ability to manufacture and manipulate particles at the nano-scale and through the use of the body - both human and animal - this project offers a speculative scenario that aims to provoke thought on how the future of nano-food and the domestic landscape could evolve.

'Nano ecologies' proposes a sustainable cycle that aims to make the science behind nano-enriched food accessible to all. For this scenario, we have re-invented a commercial product, in this case, a drink that you design after you’ve bought it.  Activate the nano-capsules containing your chosen ingredients, and once consumed, the remaining inactive nano-particles will simply pass through your body to be harvested from bodily secretions. In turn, these can then be used as food, cosmetics and medicines. This cycle of self-sufficiency is made possible by using microbial cells and enzymes present in our bodies. The reformulation of nano-particles could then be used to produce dedicated substances, in this instance by feeding the secretions to the goose, that reformulate these particles enabling them to be controlled and manufactured within the home.

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Extracting unused nano particles from the body and goose.
Extracting unused nano particles from the body and goose.
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