Seaweed Matters

Jing-Cai Liu

「Seaweed Matters」將一一為大家展示從海藻(尤其是海帶)中製造生物皮革過程的未來。從收割海藻開始,並將其轉化為海藻皮革進行回收—這即將在下一世紀內在荷蘭實現成真 。


此項目是由劉京彩與Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University and Research以及荷蘭基礎建設和水務管理部(Rijkswaterstaat)合作而生。




Seaweed Matters is the concept of using bio leather from kelp seaweed in the future. Around this concept, the journey of seaweed harvesting, making seaweed into seaweed leather, and recycling is envisioned into a future scenario of the Netherlands in 100 years. How will we consume seaweed? How could seaweed as a material enhance a nature-based future? Research in seaweed as a biomaterial is done in the first phase that can be used for textile and leather-related products. The context of consuming seaweed is visualized through an online platform, and a video is created in which a provocative scenario is shown to evoke a discussion. It emphasizes the current debate about the depletion of natural resources, climate change, and sustainability. However, the main goal of this project is not to make designs that could solve these societal problems. The elaboration of the visualizations consists of contradictory meanings that should evoke a dialogue with individuals and increase their awareness of nature and sustainability. This project is carried out in collaboration with the Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University and Research, and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat).

About Jing-Cai Liu

Jing-Cai Liu is an artist born in China and grew up in the Netherlands. She lived her childhood in a village surrounded by nature. This environment has shaped her thoughts to be a person with care for nature. During primary school, she has explored her skills in drawing, painting, and handcraft. The creative skills also have expanded in her design thinking throughout her bachelor and master study. She is always looking for new ideas, innovative thoughts during design. She thinks creativity is something that has shaped humans to be intelligent creatures. Creativity is needed in every field to reach radical innovation.