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