A Cloth That Listens: Introducing NSAbacterium

The textile impregnated with NSAbacterium and which has just been challenged with an invading strain (the riased smear)

The textile impregnated with NSAbacterium and which has just been challenged with an invading strain (the riased smear)

NSAbacterium responding to the invading strain by producing a purple pigment and poweful antibiotic

NSAbacterium responding to the invading strain by producing a purple pigment and poweful antibiotic

Like us bacteria can communicate with each other. Whilst, this empowers them with a powerful form of social intelligence, it also makes them vunerable should we be able to detect, listen in, or interfer with their chatter.

This mundane looking textile is impregnated with a strain of a SynBioEngineered bacteria called NSAbacterium which listens for the signals of bacterial communication, and if these are detected it mounts a concerted response in order to repel the invasion. If it intercepts communication signals from the cells of invading stain of bacterium, it responds by turning purple and by producing a powerful antibiotic to combat it.

 

 

One thought on “A Cloth That Listens: Introducing NSAbacterium

  1. Reblogged this on Kitti Edwards – Final Major Project and commented:
    I love this, and the ideas that follow from his commentary.

    “Like us bacteria can communicate with each other. Whilst, this empowers them with a powerful form of social intelligence, it also makes them vunerable should we be able to detect, listen in, or interfer with their chatter.”

    Like us, bacteria are socially intelligent, reliant, and show vulnerability through their interactions. Through this, we can look back on our Micro/Macro focus. In the sense that we communicate on a small and local scale in order to make base level interactions within our communities, but it’s only when we all push and work together that this message gets broken through into wider society. In our piece, we require our viewers to listen to each other, and the piece, whilst observing and reacting to the interference that they will encounter from others enjoying the space.

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