Science Fiction: The Scar, China Miéville

This is the first of a series of works that engages three of my passions, science, art and science fiction. At random, I tore a page from The Scar by China Miéville and inoculated it with a bacterium whose characteristics I thought  matched the written words. The text was inoculated with the naturally red pigmented bacterium Serratia marcescens. Obviously, this strain becomes a metaphor for a type of perptual blood as it multiplies and moves around the page, and insinuates itself into the fabric of the paper. In this way, it’s characterisitcs come to match China’s writing. Bacteria actually contain haemoglobins similar to our own, and thus possess the origins of our very own blood.

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