Denise King – Bacterial Terrariums and other delights

Welcome back to another year of fun at Machine Project. Next week we will be reconstructing Rome in 24 hours (including the visagoth invasion). This week please join us on Thursday for a lecture and workshop with Denise King and her collection of decorative bacteria…

Denise King – Aesthetics of Bacteria
Thursday Jan 10th, 8pm
Free

Denise King visits us from San Francisco’s exploratorium to discuss the aesthetic cultivation of bacteria. She will be presenting an introduction to identifying bacteria in the field, focusing on environments that are accessible from the Los Angeles area. Along the way she will discuss Winogradsky columns – simple containers that are filled with mud, pond water and plant material that allow the culturing of microbial communities in the laboratory, or in your own living room.

Sample columns filled with lovely multihued stuff with be available for show and tell purposes, and willing participants will be able to make their own bacterial terrarium on site. We suggest wearing casual clothes or disposable hazmat suit if you plan on participating, as it may get slightly messy. For those who plan on just observing, standard formal wear should be fine.

more information on Denise King and some nice pictures of bacteria

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