Maryland Institute College of Art

Algae-Matron 3000

Erin Kirchner, Emary Parisi, Rachel Rusk, & Sydney Sieh-Takata

Algae-Matron 3000 is a washing machine that dyes clothing with ephemeral pigments derived from the algae Galdieria sulphuraria. The machine is connected to a centralized water treatment system that utilizes the bioremediative properties of the organism to purify and recycle the consumed water. Learn more about Algae-Matron 3000.

Design Professor

Ryan Hoover is an artist and researcher operating at the intersection of digital fabrication, biological systems, and traditional crafts. His work explores the complex ethical implications of new technologies. He exhibits at museums and art centers internationally, and is the recipient of multiple grants and awards.

Hoover's research informs his studio practice and also strives to open positive pathways for others to explore. He leads an interdisciplinary research group on bioprinting at the Baltimore Under Ground Science Space, where he also serves as a board member. He co-organizes the Bioprinting Breakout, an annual conference on bioprinting and tissue engineering that fosters exchange between the fields of medicine, science, engineering, design, art, and civics.

Hoover holds an MFA in interdisciplinary art from MICA's Mount Royal School and a dual BFA in Sculpture and Philosophy from UNC Asheville. As faculty in MICA's Interdisciplinary Sculpture department, he leads innovative classes in digital fabrication and other emerging technologies.


Banner image: Michael D. Beckwith, The Leeds Library