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the efforts of growing an alive film.

films are like plants
they can’t grow without time
and light

the only difference between plants and films is that
film is dead
and plants are alive

Would it be possible to have an alive film ?
A film that grows as it is being ?
Something that has no set form ?

Algae are a very large and diverse group of eukaryotic organismshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algae. Algae are photosynthetic organisms that occur in most habitats, ranging from marine and freshwater to desert sands and from hot boiling springs to snow and ice. They vary from small, single-celled forms to complex multicellular forms, such as the giant kelps of the eastern Paci c that grow to more than 60 meters in length and form dense marine forests. Algae are found in the fossil record dating back to approximately 3 billion years in the Precambrian. They exhibit a wide range of reproductive strategies, from simple, asexual cell division to complex forms of sexual reproductionhttp://botany.si.edu/projects/algae/introduction.htm. algae is, at least the one i am living and working with, algae she is, single minded, strong minded and whole.

recipes for growing algae

  • two parts tap water
  • one part algae sample from a local creek or pond

mix the above ingredients in a glass jar with no lead on and place next to a windowas instructed by Ivan Hendriques

  • one part algae sample
  • one part tap water

mix the above ingredients in a glass jar with no lead on and place next to a windowhttp://www.wikihow.com/Grow-Algae

the start

algae sample picked up from a lake in Haagse Hout Park, Den Haag NL

6 containers :

4 small plastic
1 petri dish
1 glass bottle

4 small plastic :

16mm clear lm leader sugar + algae sample + water
16mm clear lm leader sugar + algae sample
16mm clear lm leader sugar + half water + half algae sample
developed lm + algae sample

1 petri dish :

16mm clear lm leader sugar + algae sample

1 glass bottle :

16mm clear lm leader sugar + algae sample

with the purpose of growing algae on lm, the experiments mentioned above where set up on early October, from the research done online it seemed as an easy process that would take about a month to develop.

action taken to stop death :

2 samples survived


eventually i went to pick up some more and i found out that the algae in the park has died as well, perhaps it was a seasonal thing perhaps i was incapable of doing it. it was extremely frustrating and devastating in any case.

upon the occasion of all the deaths measurements where taken : online research concludes that algae likes breathing

The carbon dioxide is consumed by the algae which release oxygen. The bottle contains a solution of water, algae and nutrients. Room air is passed through the bottles using a standard aquarium bubbler stone where the CO2 is absorbed by the algae and oxygen releasedhttp://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Algae-Home-CO2-Scrubber-Part-1/.

It seems like this is the reason why people with aquariums have so much algae growth and look for ways to avoid it.

there wasn’t any film placed, focusing on keeping the algae alive seemed more important at the moments


if the mountain won’t come to muhammad, then victoria will go to algae.

maybe she is very big about staying where is, i move all the time, maybe we are suffering from sort of location gap. we could have different attitudes towards staying, and she is not willing to comfort with mine i should.

3 lines of 1m clear film leader were taken to Haagse Hout Park, Den Haag NL and installed in the river bank, hoping to successfully have algae grown on them

after 1 week : 2 pieces were there, one was lost
after 1 week and 3 days : all 3 pieces were gone

2 more lines of 1m clear film leader were taken to Haagse Hout Park, Den Haag NL and installed in the river bank, hoping to successfully have algae grown on them

this time extra carefull care was taken when mounting them

after 3 days: all pieces were there
after 6 days : all pieces were there
after 9 days : all pieces were gone

why do i do this to myself?

observation through november

what thought to be blooming algae turns out to be ‘duckweed’ → as a derivative it seems that there actually early any algae on the collection for the ‘oxygen set up’ Duckweeds, or water lens, are owering aquatic plants which oat on or just beneath the surface of still or slow-moving bodies of fresh water and wetlands

there was another container collected that seemed to be a mix of algae and duckweed, dead the following day a er brought home

bottles had to be refilled with water constantly especially bottle A , bottle B was doing better in the start now acts just like bottle A dead

bottle A showed signs of fast algae growth but then remained stationary
it turns out to be some sort of slimy bio lm, not actual growth

algae from the original collection small containers A & B show proper signs of growth & seem alive

the internet said

the majority of the information I find is through aquarium maintenance forums perhaps, with that in mind I visited a aquarium supply store their aquarium had a little bit of algae growing on them, and they mostly sold stuff to kill algae, but I already do that for free however the rather helpful store manager provided me with a flyer identifying type of algae and product against. perhaps if I identify algae it will help me find the nutrients it’s missing or the environment it mind to remain alive

algae from containers A & B were observed under the microscope, things are moving, it’s aliiiiiiveeeeee! it’s aliiiiiiiiveeeeee!

algae with the help of the yer about prevention of algae) was identi ed as of the species chlorella ( ‘ oating algae’)

there is also some algae growth on the clear lm leader

the lm was also observed under the microscope, and things are moving as well, it’s so alive

Chlorella is a genus of single-cell green algae belonging to the phylum Chlorophyta. It is spherical in shape, about 2 to 10 μm in diameter, and is without agella. Chlorella contains the green photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll-a and -b in its chloroplast. rough photosynthesis, it multiplies rapidly, requiring only carbon dioxide, water, sunlight, and a small amount of minerals to reproducehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorella

then i talked to somebody who actually knows things

through following the live life, life live research course that run in cooperation with the waag society, i was able to meet maria boto ordonez, a biologist who currently also straggles with algae growth

algae under the microscope

algae of container A & B (from first collection) were examined under the microscope

algae is alive in container A, container B has been living in my bag for almost a week is not doing as well (probably from sun deprivation) however it is not completely dead

several species of algae were identified, given that algae was collected outside , it is no a clean sample :

closterium algae(few)
clamidomonas algae
dunaliella algae (swimming algae)
some sort of string algae
[made clearly visible when the bio lm was stained with methane blue dye]
a pyrenoid algae structure was found as well

the aliveness issue

during the initial collection a petri dish was also issued to contain sample & film but it was forgotten in my balcony alone side with the collection bottle it turns out they have remained alive.

no food, temperature adjustment or extra sunlight was provided, sometimes they weren’t even protected from rain however they remained alive. how ?

it seems rather bizarre, that it reinforces my idea that algae likes to be left alone, seems to grow better uninterrupted. i had the opportunity to present my algae growing process in an open evening at the waag, and someone from the audience commented that the reason why it grows so well in the aquariums it is exactly because it’s left alone and uninterrupted .

she and i aren’t all that different after all,we like to do things at are one rate and tempo.

the let’s do this your way

new algae growth experiment based on healthy algae from container A and new acquired knowledge :

tube A → algae + NO3 [ 1 part algae + 1 part water + 1 part NO3]

tube B → algae + PO4 plant fertiliser [ 1 part algae + 2 part water + 1 part PO4]

tube C → algae + PROFITO [ 1 part algae + 2 part water + 1 part PROFITO professional plant fertilizer]