Screening of : Momentum – Rachel Armstrong

The Canadian Premiere of a  documentary by Robert Styblo about scientist Rachel Armstrong and her quest to save Venice from crumbling by using protocell technology. Join a discussion with the filmmaker after a screening of his film Bioart : Art from the Laboratory on Sunday May 27th.

Venice is sinking. The next generation of technology that could save Venice might harness the power of “life” to produce a living technology with some of the amazing properties of living systems. Rachel Armstrong is working with an example of living technology, which uses the life-like properties of “protocells”, simple chemistries made by mixing oil and water. Her protocells have been chemically programmed to create an artificial limestone reef underneath the city by using local materials in new ways. Protocells can be designed to remove carbon dioxide and minerals from the water and work alongside Venice’s native carbon-fixing marine organisms to grow a solid structure. With monitoring and cultivation, the reef is expected to gradually spread the point load of the city and stop it sinking so fast into the mud on which it was founded. “Momentum – Rachel Armstrong” is a documentary about the amazing life of a real genius of today and her quest to developing a new living technology. Filmed in Oxford (England), London (England), Odense (Denmark) and Venice (Italy).

Produced and directed by Robert W. K. Styblo for Red Bull TV.

Robert Styblo

Producer and director


“Styblo TV & VideoproduktionsKG” was established in 2003 by Robert W. K. Styblo in Vienna, Austria. Styblo has been responsible for a variety of successful TV shows and documentaries. Styblo TV has produced in Munich, Berlin, London, Paris, New York City, Los Angeles and in the Caribbean. Styblo TV has produced underwater shoots and covered red carpet events like the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and even a segment in space. Styblo has also reported for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation show “25 – Das Magazin”, and was editor of the widely popular ORF show “Schoener leben”, “Better Living”, from 2004 to 2009. Styblo is currently working on exciting new documentaries about art and science.

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