Microbial Ecology

Imbued with Light

  May 21, 2011 MFA Thesis Exhibition San Francisco Art Institute In the installation Imbued with Light, I investigate the energy contained within organic matter, with an emphasis on converting organic waste into electricity through a collaboration with bacteria. Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC’s), the glass cylinders that contain mud, compost, and graphite electrodes, produce a small…Read more Imbued with Light

Microbial Schöppingen

Microbial societies create electricity to illuminate a miniature version of old Schöppingen that they inhabit. Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, NRW, Germany, 2012.´

Biodiamond Energy Theater

Workshop, Saturday, November 9, 2013 with MAP2013 at Perot Museum of Nature and Science As part of the exhibition Make Art with Purpose 2013 (MAP2013), I created a one-day workshop installation hosted by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas, TX) in which participants help assemble and feed Microbial Fuel Cells that power the…Read more Biodiamond Energy Theater

Vodnik’s Cells

During a residency at ArtMill, in the Czech Republic, I created sculptures and photos in response to the extreme algal bloom in the nearby Red Pond, caused by excessive fertilizers and pesticides from neighboring fields, while considering algae as cultivators of solar energy: biological capacitors. Vodnik, a water spirit who features in Czech stories and…Read more Vodnik’s Cells

Becoming Mangrove

Interactive media sculpture at Rauschenberg Residency, Rising Waters Confab II, Captiva, FL, USA: 1.2x 1 x 0.5 M, 2016 During the Rising Waters Rauschenberg Residency I examined the micro-ecologies of Captiva Island and North Captiva Island under a webcamera microscope, and found the water and soil around the mangroves to be especially rich in life.…Read more Becoming Mangrove

Microbial Witness/Atlas

MICROBIAL WITNESS/ATLAS Collaborative research and installation projects with Joel Ong Artists Mick Lorusso and Joel Ong describe the multitudes of microbes that inhabit our world as witnesses to the unfolding of planetary life, through cataclysm, adaptation, conflict, and partnership. As John Ellis expressed in Seeing Things, to witness an event is to be responsible in…Read more Microbial Witness/Atlas

Drachen of Aletsch (Songs to Aeolian Microbes)

Some scientific research suggests that microbes make be important in cloud formation and precipitation. During the Matza Aletsch residency on the glaciers of the Swiss Alps, I collected and sang to air-born microbes as our cellular forebears, or ancestors. To connect with this aerial realm, I made three kites, or Drachen (meaning both kite and…Read more Drachen of Aletsch (Songs to Aeolian Microbes)