C-MOULD: Co-Curator Opportunity

The jewel-like Vogesella indigofera. Isolated from a pond that had been used as a  dump for highly  toxic waste

The jewel-like Vogesella indigofera. Isolated from a pond that had been used as a dump for highly toxic waste

Serratia marcescens (Red) and Bacillus mycoides (White) interacting. Serratia appears to produce an anitibiotic that protects it from the invading Bacillus strain

Serratia marcescens (Red) and Bacillus mycoides (White) interacting. Serratia appears to produce an anitibiotic that protects it from the invading Bacillus strain

Serratia marcescens, close-up

Serratia marcescens, close-up

The plastic/kitsch properties of Rhodococcus

The plastic/kitsch properties of Rhodococcus

Chromobacterium violaceum

Chromobacterium violaceum

The black hole at the centre is MRSA

The black hole at the centre is MRSA

Bacillus mycoides, a common soil bacterium

Bacillus mycoides, a common soil bacterium

The almost cosmic form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

The almost cosmic form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

I’ve just set up C-MOULD,  a unique collection and knowledge base, for microorganisms that have application within the arts. All of the microorganism featured in this blog, and many others are part of the collection. C-MOULD is now seeking an enthusiastic and committed co-curator.  Unfortunately we cannot pay you at the moment but you will be encouraged to seek funding for projects that use this unique collection, you will receive training, and will have complete access to this truly unique strain collection. Please apply or express an interest by commenting on this post.

The images above are of just some of the strains in the collection.

A unique palette of living colour and attitude

This is the palette of naturally pigmented bacteria that I collected and prepared for a Wellcome Trust  project with artist JoWonder. Jo painted a living interpretation of John Millais’ famous painting “Ophelia” http://www.underthemicroscope.com/blog/artist-paints-ophelia-using-bacteria using this palette of living colour. Beyond, their colour each pigment is also unique in its inherent characterisitcs. For example, some species are aggressive and will seek to dominant the others, whilst others adopt effective defensive strategies.