Materials: bacteria (E. coli), electronics, petri plates
fall 2012 - present
Living Devices is a series of research methods, lab protocols, hardware developments and experiment specimens that seek to break down the barrier between machine and organism by transforming electric signals into emergent bacteria growth patterns within a single device. The device allows access into the living system of bacteria through electric stimulation and manipulate their growth outcome to form visual pattern.
A set of protocols were developed to easily interface petri dish cultures with electrical stimulation. The interfacing system allows control of individual electrodes within a multi-node configuration to generate non-unified, diverse and dynamic electric voltage environments for testing.
The current case study utilizes the JM109 strain of E. coli to obtain knowledge of preliminary bacterial responses. Stimulation experiments have resulted in finding electric ranges that create new growth results. Future research seeks to expand into other species of single cell organisms.
My research paper is divided between the research and documentation sections of this page.
Experiment results from single voltage level stimulation
Thesis exhibition display, shown in the 2013 MFA Design + Technology Thesis Show
Electric Plates display on light box
Preserved Specimens (E. coli Bacteria) on light box
Test results of of single and dual level stimulation of E. coli bacteria, voltage stimulation
Design sketches of stimulation system on light box
Performative video of main protocols developed for Living Devices (source from vimeo, if in China, will need VPN):
This piece has also been published on the Genspace blog. The link can be found here.