Microbial Selfies (2014)

BITS – Nadir and Peppermint’s Microbial Selfies

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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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