Green Matters - A handbook for algae gatherers

Mia Mäkelä

The title Green Matters refers to filamentous green algae which is growing excessively in the Baltic Sea. Green Matters approaches eutrophication from a new perspective. Considering the enormous importance green algae had in the evolution of flora and fauna, its importance as an essential source of oxygen, and its energetic and nutritional values, it truly deserves our respect. Moreover, we can be fascinated by its beauty, when observed in its underwater surroundings. Mia Mäkelä studied green algae and their possible use applying traditional rug-making techniques. Her project aims to help the eutrophicated Baltic Sea by foraging algae and putting them to good use. The video manual shows how to work with algae step by step.

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Green Matters - A handbook for algae gatherers
Finnish Title
Green Matters - Levästäjän käsikirja
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Green Matters - A handbook for algae gatherers
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Mia Mäkelä (Author), Jaakko Tolvi (Composer), Mia Mäkelä (Director), Mia Mäkelä (Editor), Mia Mäkelä (Script), Mia Mäkelä (Camera), Michael Ebert (Camera), TURKU2011 (Funder), FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange (Funder), AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Funder), National Council for Visual Arts (Funder), Foundation for Environmental Art (Funder), Mia Mäkelä (Sound), Jani Lehto (Sound)
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Mia Mäkelä works with audiovisual performance, documentary and development projects. She graduated from Tampere School of Arts and Communications in 1996 and from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2006. Mäkelä is internationally acclaimed for her trajectory in the field of live cinema. She has shown her work and lectured all over the globe, including The Tate Britain in London, Ars Electronica in Linz, Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma in Helsinki, Transmediale in Berlin, Konzerthaus in Vienna, USC in Los Angeles, USP in Sao Paolo, National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, Festival do Rio de Janeiro, Ex Teresa Arte Actual Museum in Mexico City, BANFF Centre in Alberta, Canada and CaixaForum in Barcelona.