Introduction to Posthuman Aesthetics (work in progress)
(Performative/participative/educative/interactive) installation. 2016
n number of participants, custom design toolkits

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Toolkits

"My collaboration with bacteria for paper production" invites users to 
think of the symbiotic relationships between human and non-human 
organisms while examining a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast 
(SCOBY). The kit introduces two workshops: in the first case, bacterial 
paper is produced from dried SCOBY, and, in the second, cellulose is 
grown from the isolated Gluconacetobacter xylinus, which, if dried and 
processed further becomes an alternative to plant cellulose.

"Ultra low voltage survival kit" proposes that we reconsider electrical 
properties and electricity, which is an essential ingredient of matter. 
While proposing using electricity captured from nature, the kit brings 
the user closer to the future, defined by merged living and non-living 
matter. The first workshop introduced invites the user to light up an 
LED with energy generated by human body. The second workshop proposes 
listening (AM radio) to sounds generated by the grounded antenna.

"Mycorrhizal networks or how do I hack plant conversations" introduces 
mutually-beneficial relationships between plants and fungi. Different 
phases of the toolkit explain life cycles of organisms and interactions 
between them through the mycorrhizal networks, which transport nutrients 
or chemicals between the plants. In the first phase, the kit introduces 
cultivation of the mycorrhizal networks and plants, and, during the 
second phase, it invites the bridging of electrical components between 
mycorrhizal fungi and the computer in order to follow the interaction of 
the cultivated plants.

The "How do I prepare myself for being cloned" toolkit dives into the 
very nature of the organism, which, throughout its life cycle, 
demonstrates the ability to self-replicate. Referring to mythological 
hybrids like Pegasus, centaurs, mermaids, or minotaurs, the presented 
workshops explain the basics of synthetic biology and transgenic 
organisms. The workshops include analysis of DNA with the provided 
polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine.