Atelier Luma, Arles
Johanna Weggelaar studied general engineering and worked three years in the wind and solar energy sector in France before turning to cultural history. With this double background, she now works on projects at the crossroad of disciplines, aiming at creating a dialogue between different expertise fields, cultures and practices. Since 2013 she is based in the Netherlands where she contributed to curate and produce various international exhibitions that hold a critical eye on technology, society and the environment. Her research projects focus on how to build new narratives and alternative methodologies in a context of ecological crisis. In 2017, Weggelaar has joined Atelier Luma as project leader for the Algae Platform. The project was initiated to develop innovative materials from locally grown algae in Camargue, and has evolved into a transnational platform hosting pilots in different geographical regions and studying the role of algae in the transition to a biobased society.