Biologizing the Machine (spillover zoonotica), 2022
The installation is a new expanded version of Biologizing the Machine (terra incognita), first presented at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, and consists of seven rectangular structures made of glass and metal suspended from the ceiling at different heights. Their abstract patterns reference both traditional landscape painting and abstract expressionist art. Each vessel contains a Winogradsky culture, a highly diverse micro-ecosystem of soil bacteria and algae. Prior to installation, soil samples are locally sourced, then grown on-site for several weeks, resulting in a site-specific work. The installation functions as a portrait of the region and represents the minute complexities of the local environment, its genetic, bacterial, and geological profile. Once sealed, the culture continues to evolve on its own over time, changing in color, texture, and pattern in reaction to the ambient environment such as oxygen levels, light, and temperature.
Production “Biologizing the Machine”: Animal’s House