Microbes as Material

residency blog

September 28, 2015



Following on from previous work with AND and Lancaster University earlier in the year (Microbes as Material) I was invited to join artists, scientists, film makers and performers as part of AND Festival 2015's Night of the Living Deadwood lab in Grizedale Forest, Cumbria.  A microcosm of creative activity where ideas were shared, exchanged, perhaps even borrowed or stolen, and new relationships (mutual, beneficia...

For microbes as material, read 'life as object'.  It's a statement I find somewhat paradoxical but it's at the heart of my reasons for participating in this workshop.  'Object' is a human construct.  A sign, of division between that which is self and that which is other.  Division between that which is territorialised by the human and that which is not.  Without attempting to navigate within this text the broader phi...

March 29, 2015

  Dancing light and budding yeast 

March 28, 2015

The scientific value of a cocktail shaker 


Microbes staying warm after 10 fold dilution


Variations on a sandfly gut


March 25, 2015

Conversations ranged from travelling communities to collaborative resistance, yet the subject was non-human.  It was microbial life, which accounts for about 90% of the human body in genetic terms, so perhaps the connection between these subjects is more human than we realize.


Over the course of day 1 of #micromashup I felt a strong sense of belonging, to a varied group with shared interests, and yet also a keen sense of self...

March 24, 2015



Going to Lancaster tomorrow to begin the #micromashup, taking camera and recording equipment just in case I can catch some sounds, follow the workshop progress here

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