Biobank, 2017


Video, 5 min 45 sec

The project is devoted to the most mysterious marine life—microalgae. They can only be examined in detail with the most powerful microscopes. These microorganisms fascinate with the beauty of their frustules and inspire with engineering accuracy of miniature valves. Scientific research proves how complicated and perfect these organisms are.

They belong both to the animal and plant kingdoms and can efficiently teach humans how to create progressive and environmentally friendly living conditions. However, some microalgae appear to be hazardous and toxic. Such algae cause intoxication in their biological neighbors.

The toxins can penetrate food and household items. Due to the size of microalgae (up to 30 micrometers) and their diversity (more than 100 toxic types are known), the study of this threat takes decades.

The installation presents microalgae in the form of objects created under their influence. This is an attempt to show familiar things—such as vessels, furniture and household items, building structures, clothing and fabrics—in an unusual context. The project talks about mutual influence of humans and other biological species, ultimately introducing bioethical issues.

Olga Kisseleva

Olga Kisseleva

Olga Kisseleva (b. 1965, St. Petersburg) is an artist and professor at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University. In her large-scale artistic installations and interactive exhibitions she employs scientific and technological tools.

Kisseleva’s artworks are in the collections of major international m…