Kaumera inspires young artist

Kaumera at the intersection between science and art

The work was made by Nesie Junyi Wang, a 4th year photography student at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. She was inspired by the flame retardant properties of Kaumera.

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She was invited by the the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the KABK. The NWO Closed Cycles programme contributes to the transition to a circular economy. This year, the theme of NWO LIFE was science and art. Three students were invited to participate, including Nesie Junyi Wang.

My work challenges us to reconsider our perception of waste

She embarked on an eight-month collaborative journey with academic researchers from Delft University of Technology, gaining deep insights into the scientific interplay between water management and waste recycling. They explored connections between scientific and artistic research which resulted in innovative visual ways for communicating knowledge & complex ideas to a wider audience.

In Nesie's story (docx, 421 kB), she describes her project:  "This work seeks to illuminate the intricate relationship between human waste in water, the materiality of Kaumera, and the transformative art of combustion."

The work of all three students will be exhibited until July 28th 2024 in the historic Paradise building, Groenewegje 136, 2515 LR Den Haag