Microbial Selfies (2014)

BITS – Nadir and Peppermint’s Microbial Selfies

In ALL, BITS by Alex Pedersen

For over a decade, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint have collaborated to investigate contemporary experiences of food, ecology, media, and memory. Their work, Microbial Selfies (2014) is one of several sciart fermentation experiments. They explain their work thusly:

“Exhibited as part of OS Fermentation, Microbial Selfies are digital images created with custom electronics and software that allow microbes to take their own “selfies” and add image manipulation effects based on the shifting pH levels, oxygen, and color values of the fermentation process. Microbial Selfies is part of EcoArtTech’s new series of social sculptures, titled EdibleEcologies, that work collaboratively with local communities (human, bacterial, and ecological) to resuscitate historic food practices and facilitate recovery from a cultural memory disorder that we call ‘industrial amnesia.'”

Leila Nadir and Peppermint

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Microbial Selfies (2014)

Microbial Selfies Interface at CR10 Contemporary Arts Project Space, Hudson Valley, 2015

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Alex Pedersen

Alex Pedersen

Alex is a critical scholar and social scientist. During her degrees, Alex recognized a dearth of knowledge transfer between the academy and the general public. To address this gap, she extends her empirical research through multiple mediums including: publications, formal lectures, public speaking events, radio, theatre and photography. In diversifying access to her research, Alex honed a unique set of skills to plan, design and produce events for a wide variety of audiences. To date, she was responsible for several successful lecture series, community events and fundraisers across diverse settings. Most notably, Alex organized and implemented the 2015 Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship and was an advisor for the “Free Queen’s” Steering Committee (an initiative encouraging graduates to bring their work to the wider public). In addition, she has written numerous successful grant applications. An activist at heart, Alex advocates for critical thinking in and beyond academic institutions.