Photosynthetic Me

Bioart, Interactive and immersive Sci-Fi documentary
Photosynthetic Me Bioart, Interactive and immersive Sci-Fi documentary
project 2020

concept and design Vanessa V
images Andrea Macchia
scientific design Vincenzo Guarnieri
Production Alessia Gervasone
Thanks to Mara Brancaccio and her laboratory for the scientific support and Andrea Ballo for the images provided during the Covid-19 quarantine


01 January 2020

Photosynthetic Me is a bioart, interactive and Immersive installation that emerges from a process-based experiment around the topic of becoming plant-like. In the project, a biotechnologist activates a photosynthetic system in a situation of altered evolution that can make Vanessa V self-sufficient for food and energy requirements and, eventually, a producer of energy (energy-autarkic system).
In the installation, the visitor jumps from being an observer to being a protagonist through an effective embodied narrative process.

Innovative technologies that allow techniques such as CRISPR bring up again the debate around genetics since it places us in front of new scientific possibilities that strongly affect important issues in our contemporary society.
Photosynthetic me deals with some ethical questions related to this debate: what if we could replace the diseased parts of our DNA? What if we could swap genes with other species, becoming thin and motionless like leaves? Can I evolve in my imperfection? Is it really possible to be perfect?

Photosynthetic Me Bioart, Interactive and immersive Sci-Fi documentary
project 2020

concept and design Vanessa V
images Andrea Macchia
scientific design Vincenzo Guarnieri
Production Alessia Gervasone
Thanks to Mara Brancaccio and her laboratory for the scientific support and Andrea Ballo for the images provided during the Covid-19 quarantine