The Neurology of Soil: planetary scale connections

The Neurology of Soil. Here the soil superorganism emerges from minute drops of soil, and across an agar surface. It’s easy to imagine some kind of biological signal passing down these  complex arrangements of fibres, comprising mostly bacteria. Read more about this work, and other wonderful contributions here:

https://www.crcpress.com/…/Toland-Noll…/p/book/9781138297456

 

Camouflage for the Anthropocene: some life adapts.

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Caddisflies are a group of insects that have aquatic larvae and flying terrestrial adults. The aquatic larvae can be found in a wide variety of habitats such as lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. The larvae of many species use silk to make protective outer cases, and these are strengthened with material from their immediate environment like gravel, sand, twigs, pieces of plants, or other debris which also act as camouflage.

This ongoing project, seeks to highlight the problem of plastic pollution. Moreover, it seeks to emphasize the human impact of runaway plastic pollution, and how this anthropogenic material is insidiously incorporated into natural ecosystems and also individual animals. It takes inspiration from Hubert Duprat’s work and is a new collaboration and project with Caddisfly larvae. When these larvae are placed into a watery ecology that contains small fragments of plastic (that had been collected from rivers, lakes and ponds), they immediately use these fragments, combined with their own secreted silk, to create their own gaudy, semi-natural, and hybrid synthetic/natural, post natural sculptures.

 

 

 

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