From Venice with Algae, FAVINI - 2018
From Venice with Algae is a new generation of stamps made with polluting algae from Venice Lagon. I was searching for a product that could ideally convey the story and the beauty of the Algae Paper®. Based on the findings of my experiments and in dialogue with the leader paper company Favini (based in Venice) the outcome was a collection of stamps for the city of Venice, that tells the story of this paper revealing the nature of his ingredients, all around the world. With digitalization the codes are replacing more and more the expensive watermarks techniques hitherto used to make counterfeiting difficult. The idea was to reconsider the design of these codes to make them graphically appealing but still readable by optical sensors.
Stamps is a very interesting object in itself. Since always they convey historical informations and represent crucial moments, but also they show an high level of technology through watermarks and paper know-how. Furthermore it's the object that achieves the highest weight-value ratio in the world if we go into collectibles.
Stamps have the extraordinary power to travel all over the world. Looking at the climate change challenge, that we have to face, we note that there is a lack of communication between the scientific community and people. Convey a story in capillary way can be very important to change the collective consciousness.
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Project at ECAL, 2018
Aesthetics Sustainability research project
Photography: Pablo Dorigo