Microbes as Material

residency blog 

September 3, 2019

It has been a while since I last posted. Another year and I continue to grow the bioassemblages and find ways in which to transport, display and nurture them that attempts to move beyond the usual scientific framing. I haven't sequenced them (to 'read' whether they hav...

March 8, 2018

I'm excited to announce that I will be running a workshop with students at the National Glass Centre where we will focus on recording sounds for laboratory micro-organisms (E. coli) held captive in glass vessels. Experimenting in ways of being with the molecular body,...

February 19, 2018

Last week I ran a workshop with fine art students as part of Northumbria University's Project Week: Ecologies of Togetherness where we explored the molecular relations of the body through guided meditation, sound recording and use of the cut-up technique. The workshop...

July 27, 2017

Having made a range of vessels, I aim to test ways in which I could explore their potential connectivity.  For the purposes of the workshop, the simplest tests of connectivity were possible through sound.  I chose to test  using the phrase already encoded within my bio...

July 27, 2017

​I discussed with the group the possibility of forming a conductive vessel that could communicate with the lively contents held within it.  We started to think about how might we fuse metal in a more spherical, or organic form.  A couple of possibilities arose: both in...

July 20, 2017

Our aim was to test the conductivity of material fused with glass.  Of course, many materials are conductive and some more than others.  We discussed a range of possible options such as aluminium foil, graphite powder, conductive paint (usually made with graphite powde...

July 20, 2017

Jeff Sarmiento showed us some earlier experiments where copper powder had been fused between two sheets of glass.  The bubbles were an unintentional consequence of the process but they add a liveliness to the aesthetic of the materials. 

Image Credit: Justin Marsha...

July 19, 2017

Glass is a material that has long held my interest, with it's clear and fluid nature and its relation to the scientific.  I recently had the chance to join a workshop where I could explore ways in which this most seductive of materials could become what I'm calling a t...

September 28, 2015

Actinomycetes

 

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...

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 whi...

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