WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP: GROWING CELLULOSE

Microbial cellulose 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. Each workshop includes an ethical discussion about working with living matter.

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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