The Mobile Urban Microbiology Laboratory (MUML)

The MUML had its first outing at the fabulous Bees In A Tin event on 12th June at Millennium Point in  Birmingham. The 90 minute outdoor and mobile workshop comprised a short microgeographical walk, the observation of natural samples for microbes in situ using a portable field microscope (400-1000x magnification) and an iPhone, and some alfresco preparation of DIY/Kitchen microbiological growth media. Participants then inoculated the various growth media with found objects of their choice. These are images of the microbes (mostly bacteria and a few moulds) that grew on the agar plates. The way that this usually invisible life emerges from the chosen objects, and the complex manner in which seems to embellish these, to me,  forms a very potent reminder, of not only the ubiquity of microbiological life, but also its intimate connection with all else.

Radams

Radams

Radams

Radams

Rachel, grass

Rachel, grass

Rachel, grass

Rachel, grass

Brian, bark

Brian, bark

Brian, Bee

Brian, Bee

Zoe, found plants

Zoe, found plants

Zoe, found plants

Zoe, found plants

anon, soil from canal

anon, soil from canal

anon, soil form canal

anon, soil form canal

Muttha, apple

Muttha, apple

Muttha, park bench hand rest

Muttha, park bench hand rest

Pete, Curzon Station

Pete, Curzon Station

Pete, Curzon Sation

Pete, Curzon Sation

Gerry, water

Gerry, water

Gerry, moss

Gerry, moss

AF, bird poo

AF, bird poo

AF

AF

Neil, goose poo

Neil, goose poo

Neil, earth

Neil, earth

Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca

Janet left foot

Janet left foot

Janet, right foot

Janet, right foot

Nivims, grass head

Nivims, grass head

Nivims, pine needles

Nivims, pine needles

Emile, pavement

Emile, pavement

Emile, pavement

Emile, pavement

Alyson F, bench

Alyson F, bench

Jill D, canal water

Jill D, canal water

Andy H, various

Andy H, various

 

 

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