Instruments of the Afterlife, 2015
Instruments are created to transform contamination into valuable materials, by employing plants and engineered bacteria. Instead of mining material from geological sources and using fossil fuels, that lead to environmental harm, could future generations use the contamination and pollution we leave behind to build their future world? Can they build balanced relationships with the natural world to be a no-waste civilisation?
The piece responds to the scientific research, 'Cleaning Land for Wealth' (CL4W), funded by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and supported by Creative Outreach Resource Efficiency (CORE) at Loughborough University.
The project involves science teams from universities at Birmingham, Cranfield, Edinburgh, Newcastle & Warwick.
The piece is based on the scientific research, 'Cleaning Land for Wealth', funded by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Cleaning Land for Wealth (CL4W)
The scientific research uses bacteria to produce nanoparticles from plants, which can be used to collect contaminants. The idea is to bring back to life areas of land lost through centuries of misuse, making land decontamination financially viable, and providing our manufacturing industries with new material, without the need for mining or smelting. But just how much wealth really is beneath our feet? In short, it is very significant. Globally, substantial land contamination exists and blights the lives of millions, but it is poorly quantified, particularly within poor and developing nations where there is limited financial motivation for this to be addressed. We do know that there are nearly three million 'polluting activities' and 350,000 sites affected by soil contamination that could cost €350bn to treat in the European Union....Almost two-thirds of the contaminated land in England and Wales contains metals (....and metalloids) - with arsenic and nickel accounting for about 40% of this. We have chosen to shine a light on our research through the lens of artists BurtonNitta with help from the Creative Outreach Resource Efficiency.
Instruments of the Afterlife
Michael Burton & Michiko Nitta
In collaboration with
Composer: Neil Luck
Musician: Lawrence Tatnall
Performer: Timothy Cape (Bastard Assignments)
Performer: Josh Spear (Bastard Assignments)
Actor: Emily Lloyd-Saini
International Manufacturing Process
Dr. Guy Barker
Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology
Dr. Matthew Edmundson
Dr. Michael Capeness
Dr. Virginia Echavarri-Bravo
Process Intensification Team
Prof. Adam Harvey
Dr. Valentine Eze
University of Birmingham
Metallurgy and Materials Research
Dr. David Book
Dr. Dan Reed
Centre for Bioenergy & Resource Management
Dr. Philip Longhurst
Dr. Ying Jiang
Prof. Jacqui Glass
Publication: Crafting Our Digital Futures by Irini Papadimitriou, Andrew Prescott and Jon Rogers,2015, ISBN:978-0-9576868-4-7
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