“the microscope discovers, what motions, what tumult, what wars, what pursuits, what stratagems” Samuel Taylor Coleridge
A new project inspired by the boardgames of my childhood, Risk, Campaign and Diplomacy, and also the inherent properties of biology. This is a coloured map on textile, but here and uniquely, the paints are pigmented and living bacteria, which like the inanimate peices on a boardgame, are capable of moving, killing and defending all to various degrees. The images here are of of the initial inoculation (each coloured patch represents a seperate bacterial species), and the map after incubation, and after its nature has been changed dramatically as the bacteria became active, grew, and interacted with each other. The red and purple pigmented bacteria are agressive and spread to infiltrate certain other species. Blue adopts a defensive strategy and produces a powerful, and yet uncharacterized antibiotic, that kills red and protects its own territory. I can’t help but feel that this map is a metaphor for our own species and wonder, as bacteria predated us in evolutionary terms, whether this activity is hardwired into our own biology.