QUICKSILVER: CLOSED CIRCUIT CURRENCIES

“Quicksilver: Closed Circuit Currencies” is an interdisciplinary research project initiated during my residency at Fabrica Research Centre in Italy. The project explores the intersections of autoimmunity, toxicology, and nanotechnology, aiming to address complex issues at the intersection of biology, environmental science, and technology, with implications for health, sustainability, and societal well-being.

The work focuses on observing the natural habitat of fish in the Adriatic Sea and conducting a case study that examines levels of heavy metals in fish tissues. The Adriatic was chosen due to its personal significance, as my family has relied on fishing as income. By comparing the fishing industry between Italy and Croatia, the project aims to understand the respect each has for the marine environment. The installation for this project consists of a self-made bioreactor where microalgae biomass serves as the energy source for the processor, which is integrated and connected to the tooth. The processor contains research data on fish migration and toxicity and offers the possibility for storing personal medical data in a protected manner. This integration symbolizes the interconnectedness of biological and technological systems, where the human body serves as both a source of energy and a repository of valuable information.

Dora Ramljak

Dora Ramljak is a transdisciplinary artist whose work spans across various mediums, including photography, design, and architecture. Born with a curiosity for the temporality and tactility of images, Dora’s artistic journey began in 2019 when she enrolled in the BA Photography Department at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. During her time there until 2023, she developed a keen eye for observing the world through experiences and processes, questioning the boundaries between fiction and reality. As her studies progressed, Dora delved deeper into artistic research, merging and reconstructing mediums to create open-ended narratives. This led her to explore speculative design, where she found opportunities to re-articulate narratives in critical and applied manners. Inspired by her internship experiences, including working with New York-based artist and researcher Jen Liu and Bosnian artist Mladen Bundalo, Dora sought collaborations between art, science, and technology. Dora’s passion for socially, environmentally, and politically aware solutions drove her to explore the intersection of design and community engagement. She embarked on projects outside academic spheres, collaborating with psychiatric hospitals and leading sensory therapy workshops in urban spaces and reception camps. Through these experiences, she discovered the power of space in shaping human interactions and well-being. After graduating, Dora continued her pursuit of transdisciplinary work, participating in summer studios focused on well-being through arts and sciences. She also spent six months as a resident at Fabrica Research Centre in Italy, where she developed a long-term research project on autoimmunity, toxicology, and nanotechnology. Currently, Dora is expanding her knowledge in advanced architectural theory research seminars at TU Delft, with a focus on ecologies of architecture. Her goal is to further develop her understanding of philosophy, design, and architecture to create impactful and meaningful experiences for communities. Throughout her journey, Dora’s work has been characterized by a commitment to collaboration, dialogue, and reflection. She believes in the transformative power of art and design to address complex societal challenges and create spaces that nurture human connection and well-being.

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