EcoLogic Studio, Claudia Pasquero & Marco Poletto, are London and Innsbruck based bio-design innovators. They find new ways of integrating nature in the urban realm and everyday life. EcoLogic Studio have developed a particular interest in the urban microbiome working with microalgae, mosses, fungi and slime molds.
What is the best thing that happened to you today?
M: Receiving confirmation that our first large-scale bio-painting made by growing slime mold on canvas made it into the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou.
How did you meet?
C: At the exams board in the university in Turin, more than 20 years ago. I was a pink-haired punk and Marco a Lycra-clad mountain biking fanatic. No one would have guessed what happened next.
Why did you decide to found ecoLogicStudio?
C: After reading Gregory Bateson’s “Steps towards an ecology of mind”. We felt there was a need for a bio-design innovation agency. One that would focus on combining scientific logical thinking with hands-on artistic practice.
What are your top 3 current inspirations?
M: Algae-based invitro meat, Algae bioplastic 3D printing, Algae biotextiles and clothing.
How do you feel your work influences your daily lives outside of ecoLogicStudio?
C: Our design philosophy and interest in the living world shapes every aspect of our lives. From building a domestic algae garden that we run with our kids, Giacomo and Lulu, to cycling with them from London to Turin, to sourcing our food with care for the people who grow it, to power our studio with 100% renewable energy. We try to take every little step that can make our life more beautiful and ecologically meaningful.
Your work incorporates incredibly complex scientific structures and mediums. How do you try to engage audiences with no knowledge of Biotechnology?
C: With the power of Beauty. For us, beauty has nothing to do with style or trends. In our projects, we try to reach the point where beauty becomes a true measure of ecological intelligence, effortlessly expressing the complexity that lies within.
What is your dream project?
C: Building a contemporary version of Cedric Price’s Fun Palace all powered by the intelligence of living micro-algae cultures. Basically, a vast biotechnological urban algae farm, cum art workshops, cum shared housing, cum research labs. Open to all, 24/7. Constantly adsorbing CO2 and air pollutants, metabolizing fresh oxygen, growing fresh biomass for food, textiles, bioplastics and many other emerging bio-design practices.
What did you listen to last?
M: A. G. Cook – Apple
What are you reading at the moment?
M: Naomi Klein’s the Shock doctrine and Xiaowei Wang’s Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside
How do you stay motivated, in today's society of overconsumption, in your quest for carbon neutrality?
M: The key is pleasure. To take pleasure in all the little things that I do. Sometimes is challenging but if the goal is clear you can return to it even after a bad day at the office. Also, I try to involve my kids as much as possible in the things I do. For example in harvesting the algae we grow or in training together. It not only makes it more pleasurable, but it gives me extra motivation to see the future through their own eyes.
Do you believe in an Afterlife?
M: Yes, through the influence we have on planetary flows, collective consciousness, and ecological processes.