This is a novel process which uses natural waters, sunlight, carbon dioxide, and photosynthetic microorganisms to make sustainable and living pixelated images. These are small scale trials that demonstrate the process and prove its feasibility.
I sat in a dark room with a liquid culture of bioluminescent bacteria. As I watched them, this is what they did. They formed these complex and dynamic glyphs as if they were trying to communicate with me. Were they trying to tell me something important?
In preparation for my upcoming exhibition at Trinity Buoy Wharf, I sampled the finger tip microflora of its human inhabitants, both resident and transient. Here’s what grew. Given the importance of our bacterial microflora, I’m feeling a little like a microbiological palm reader or fortune teller. Beautiful forms and diversity.
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If a soil sample is placed onto a receptive surface the vast microbial community within slowly emerges from it to form a complex design that reflects the microbiological properties of the orginal soil. In these particular images the generative form resembles frozen water and seeing such BioCrystaline state emerge in this way reminds me of both Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” and Ballard’s “Crystal World”
The slime mould Physarum polycephalum is an intriguing and striking microorganism that exhibits simple “intelligence”. In this respect, it will move toward favourable, and away from hostile environments, can solve a maze in its search for food, and has a primitive memory. Here is some time-lapse footage which reveals a phenomenon akin to a microbial heartbeat.