Thomas Feuerstein - Greenhouse and its harvest

The works in the greenhouse belong to the type ‘processual sculptures’. The sculptures MANNA MACHINE are photobioreactors in which algae (Chlorella vulgaris) grow. The tubes and hoses form a drawing in the exhibition-space and are used for photosynthesis, similar to the leaves of a plant. Being evenly exposed to the light encourage the cells to grow.
The resulting biomass is filtered, dried and processed into pigment. Fixed in oil or resin, the algae pigment becomes the painting material for the painting series HARVEST.

Thomas Feuerstein, who besides being an artist, is an exceptional author, theoretican and lecturer. In 2018 he was invited to Medical Museion in Copenhagen to talk about his work and knowledge: GREEN CONFERENCE: Thomas Feuerstein – Green unicorns
 

Thomas Feuerstein was born in Innsbruck in 1968 and is currently living in Innsbruck and Vienna. He studied art history and philosophy at the University of Innsbruck, doctorate 1995. From 1992 to 1994 co-editor, with Klaus Strickner, of the magazine Medien.Kunst.Passagen., published by Passagen Verlag Vienna. 1992 he founded the office for intermedia communication transfer and the association medien.kunst.tirol. 1992 and 1993 research commissions from the Austrian Ministry of Science on art in electronic space and art and architecture. Since 1997 lectures and seminars at the University of Innsbruck, Hochschule der Künste Bern, F + F Zurich, Technical College Intermedia Dornbirn, University Mozarteum Salzburg, University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Feuerstein was awarded the Österreichische Kunstpreis für Medienkunst in 2019. Since 2020 he is holding a professorship at Institute for experimental Architecture at the Leopold-Franzens Univeristy in Innsbruck. Recent exhibitions: Gallery Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Vienna (solo) (A), 15e Biennale de Lyon (F), Vienna Biennale for Change MAK Wien (A), 6. Ghuangzhou Triennal (CHN), ZHI Art Museum Chengdu (CHN), Berlin Körnerpark (G), Schloss Esterhazy Eisenstadt (A), Fonds Hélène et Eduard Leclerc, Landernau (F). Later this year: Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (A) and CAFA Art Museum Peking (CHN).