Communicating Through Human Energy & Fluorescent Bacteria

Human Endocrine System Illustrations created with Bacteria.

Interactive Installation, Exhibited May 2015.

Green Fluorescent Protein, RFP, YFP, CFP, Bacteria, Polystyrene Sheets, UV LED Panels, Arduino, Ultrasound sensors, Speakers.


This project involved the creation of medical illustrations of the Human Endocrine System through using fluorescent bacteria as a medium. The illustrations were grown and made possible as an artist member at community biotech lab Genspace in Brooklyn, New York. 


The installation included a varied "palette" of fluorescent bacteria, forming illustrations of endocrine glands and associated organs. On UV light panels, these real semi-living illustrations were experienced by an audience in an interactive installation including sound and motion sensors.


The experience allowed viewers to  perceive a figurative energy given off by living organisms, by intertwining the audience's movements near the paintings with loud sound vibrations. The project exposed visitors to the idea of non-verbal communication between living things, and pitched the notion of our Endocrine System as a means of non-verbal communication.


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