Ivanova / Autotrophic Economy

Autotrophic Economy

Author: Pepa Ivanova, KU Leuven, LUCA School of Art

Supervisors: Esther Venrooj, Prof. Dr., KU Leuven, LUCA School of Art; Stefaan Poedts, Prof. Dr., KU Leuven, LUCA School of Art

Research stage: Intermediate doctoral stage

Category: Artefact

Affiliation: KU Leuven


Autotrophic Economy is an art project about biosphere processes in relation to solar radiation. In the current state of my Ph.D. research on the sun-earth cohabit I look closer into the light-fueled evolution processes. How to redraw ecology through biomass, oxygen production, and pollution in a society of sleep-deprived consumers. Instead of modeling an estimation, volume, or scale of the light using techno-centric data collections, I extend my research with light-harvesting mechanisms in living organisms.

This seeming deviation from the main research I find close to the thematic of the DDr framework, where researchers can reflect and add new reformulation of their research framework.

Keywords: Ecocentrism, interconnection, sun-earth