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Esmee Geerken is a Dutch audiovisual artists and earth scientist, with a main expertise in biomineralization and paleoceanography. During her PhD on biogeochemistry she studied how unicellular marine organisms form microscopic shells, and what these shells, collected from the bottom of the sea, can tell us about the climate of the past.
As these scientific encounters also lead to thoughts and ideas that cannot be expressed in academic papers, Esmee aims to merge her background in art (Gerrit Rietveld academy) and science in an artistic research & design practice. She questions how the perception of our environment is influenced by knowledge, and how the imagination and experience of our surroundings are altered, when you try to understand subjects such as minerals, unicellular life, vast ocean currents and geological time. Furthermore she applies her knowledge of biomineralization and geosciences in the design of new materials, experimenting with nature-inclusive building.