During this workshop, we introduce the amazing potential of slime mould for collaboration at the intersection of art and science, for research in diverse areas such as mathematical modelling, computation and bio-art. Participants learn how to transform spaces into safe, mini-Physarum Biolabs. The workshop invites participants to experiment with different biological media and feeding substrates, reflecting on how they inform the growth and morphology of protozoans and protists.
How much effect have the bacteria living in the body have on our behavior? During this workshop, the participants will culture bacterias and microorganisms living in their bodies or over the surfaces of their cellphones and personal items. After the overnight culture, we will explore the microscopic world through photographs and extract data to create sound from them. An example of the result of this workshops artists have created microbiological symphonies.
Knitting with Alginate
Sodium Alginate is a common substance used in culinary practices and recently has made its way into fashion design. The main compound is extracted from different algae from the sea. During the workshop, we analyze the knitting practice as an artistic statement. This workshop also pretends to remove the stigmas of knitting as a conservative feminine practice and include topics of feminism, duality, and sustainability.
During the workshop, we built such bridges of connectivity, translating information and aesthetics from one medium to another, transcending the boundaries of fields and disciplines. The workshop started from a biological experiment of removing the cells from vegetal objects such as leaves of flowers, obtaining a transparent cellulose structure which visaul data later was used to build virtual representations or hallucinated visions of this experiment. At the last stage, such visions were converted into virtual space which all participants of the workshop can visit and interact with in Mozzila Hubs
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Bacterial cellulose is an abundant polymer created by Acetobacter xylum widely known to brew tea as kombucha. During the course, we will learn how to brew tea and obtain a layer of cellulose to dry and shape different objects or use it as a fabric for clothing.
Bio and organic plastics
We provide guidance in waste-to-resource material creation. For example using coffee grounds, sawdust, fruit peels, eggshells, seafood leftover, etc to develop bio-composites. We aim to address and convert the notion of waste into that of a resource.
Create your own glowing bacteria and extract the fluorescent protein with a DIY approach. During the course, you will learn the basics of molecular biology, genetically modified organisms, bacterial transformation, plasmids, and fluorescent proteins.