WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP: GROWING CELLULOSE

Microbial cellulose (MB) is a material with unique aesthetic properties: delicate and sensuous, it resembles skin and bodily matter. Once dried, it reminds paper  and leather. It is produced by Acetobacter bacteria, a non-pathogenic bacterial strain that has traditionally been used for food production and, recently, for biomedical materials and consumer goods. Microbial cellulose is a key material in my research towards a post-anthropocentric art practice. I have used it for abstract visual works and artist books, and plan to store a text on Acetobacter genome in Semina Aeternitatis.

My technique of growing microbial cellulose combines scientific protocols and and DIY approach. I offer two hands-on workshop formats that teach how to grow and use microbial cellulose creatively – and critically. The workshops focus on the aesthetic potential of MB and the philosophical implications of working with leaking, growing, hybrid bodies in artistic practice. Insights into Acetobacter’s life cycle will promt participants develop innovative ideas, gain specific knowledge, and critically address sustainability, ethics, and aesthetics of working with living organisms. A discussion will follow.

Workshop participants will receive a culture starter.

 

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Picture by Utpala Sharma

Short Workshop contents:
– short introduction: what it is, history, applications, research
– DIY recipes for cultivating microbial cellulose
– how to prevent  mold and unwanted contamination
– comparing different kind of cultures
– basics of drying and prototyping
– ethical discussion

3 hours, max 12 participants

Extended Workshop contents:
– introduction: what it is, history, applications, research
– laboratory & DIY recipes for cultivating microbial cellulose
– how to prevent  mold and unwanted contamination
– comparing different kind of cultures
– drying techniques
– colors: dying techniques
– prototyping. The extended workshop features large sheets of cellulose specifically prepared for prototyping.
– ethical discussion

5 hours, max 12 participants

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